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Food Safety Is It Controllable With America consuming amassing amounts of food the food safety laws in affect will not be enough to keep Americans happy At a Jack in the Box restaurant in Tacoma Washington on January 11 1993 a young boy by the name of Michael Nole ate what seemed to be a harmless cheeseburger A day later Michael came down with a bad case of diarrhea and stomach cramps At a Seattle hospital ten days later Michael was pronounced dead due to heart and kidney failure This unfortunate accident began to raise questions about the food safety in America Could America have a food safety problem In 1985 the midwest was shocked when 200000 people became ill after drinking milk that had been contaminated by salmonella typhimurium In another more horrifying instance a rare bacteria listeria monocytogens was responsible for 47 deaths when it was found in a Mexican type soft cheese Cooper 483 These cases only account for a very very small amount of the cases reported each year Some researchers state that over 9000 people are reported dead due to food contaminationCastellands 1 Cooper 483 Summer Food 92 While others feel that it is slightly less than that putting it at only 7000 deaths a year Puzo 2 Even with these outrageous numbers expertsbelieve that only five percent of all smaller cases of food contamination are reported ortaken care of by a professional More and more reports of food contamination are appearingand this is causing Americans to see that something needs to be done about this problem thatis plaguing the American food supply
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