Posted by: shoji | August 30, 2007

Food safety and statistics of unlikely events

It’s easy to remember the Jack-In-The-Box E. coli incident from years ago; and the rat-infested KFC/Taco Bell in Greenwich Village in early 2007. But remember the billions served…

clipped from www.marketwatch.com

Of 18 big, national or regional food scares involving everything from botulism to hepatitis to salmonella in the last 25 years only two involved chain operations and one of those was later found to be the fault of a supplier.

For good reason: Ever since a 1993 E. coli outbreak linked to undercooked hamburgers at Jack in the Box killed four people, made hundreds of others ill, and almost put the chain out of business, the industry has invested millions of dollars to prevent anything like it from happening again. Plus, every time there is a new scare, such as the E. coli contamination at Taco Bell last year, they all just ramp up further.

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