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  •  The costs of food-borne illness (2+ / 0-)
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    Creosote, ImpeachKingBushII

    The folks who oppose food safety reform need to understand that the costs of of the status quo are immense and we can't afford to continue to carry them.

    Just look at the numbers:

    An estimated 76 million cases of foodborne disease occur each year in the United States. The great majority of these cases are mild and cause symptoms for only a day or two.  Some cases are more serious, and CDC estimates that there are 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths related to foodborne diseases each year.  The most severe cases tend to occur in the very old, the very young, those who have an illness already that reduces their immune system function, and in healthy people exposed to a very high dose of an organism.

    76 million get sick every year -- roughly 25% of the population.

    That's breath taking; that's one out of four of every Kossack, sick, every year.

    That's a lot of lost time from work if you're sick or your young child is sick, or downtime for employers if their staff are sick.

    325,000 hospitalizations every year -- I can't even wrap my head around how much this is costing our health care system right now.

    5,000 die, every year -- EVERY YEAR. That's a bit south of 9/11 and Katrina happening on American soil and we aren't paying any attention to it.

    There's no way in hell this is Aunt Mabel's potato salad, because by now we've told Aunt Mabel at the hospital/funeral home never to make potato salad again and held her accountable. But what about Mega Corp.'s potato salad? peanut butter? hamburger? spinach? whatever? When are we going to tell them to stop hurting us, stop killing us, and mean it?

    Thanks for your work, Jill, keep hammering at this.

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