09 May '11, 9pm

Jack in the Box surprise: How E. coli became a household word via @grist

Jack in the Box surprise: How E. coli became a household word via @grist

Double your trouble. Photo: theimpulsivebuy For most of us working in food policy, it's hard to remember a time when food outbreaks of bugs like E. coli didn't happen pretty much weekly. But reading the new book Poisoned by Jeff Benedict made me realize that bacteria-contaminated hamburgers are a relatively recent phenomenon. It's a striking reminder of how our food system has gone very, very wrong. Given that the first headline-grabbing E. coli outbreak -- the Jack in the Box debacle of 1993 -- happened so long ago, it seems odd that no one has devoted a book to the topic before. But it's just as well, because Benedict's style is tailor-made to the task. His detailed and heart-wrenching story-telling makes the 18-year wait well worthwhile. Each chapter tells the tale from the varying perspectives of several key players: from the parents of the victims, to the corporate ex...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/scary-food/2011-05-09-jack-in-the-bo...

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