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Problems with food safety protection are rampant

A watchdog report by Justina Wang of the Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, N.Y.) looks at how the latest salmonella contamination exposes vulnerabilities in the protection of U.S. food safety.  Despite calls for stricter oversight, the system remains inadequate. The article points out that "federal officials hold little power to force recalls or oversee the daily production in a plant. Add to that the slow process of identifying a nationwide outbreak, the arduous guess-and-check work to trace the origin of the contaminant and the long lapse in time from the first illness to the first recall."

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