PHOTOS: Massive Food Recalls
Massive food recalls seem to have hit every aisle in the grocery store over the last few years. Most recently, more than half a billion eggs have been recalled due to a salmonella outbreak. Seems like the kind of thing we ought to be alarmed about -- but due to the fracturing of government agencies that regulate food safety, there’s actually no good way to measure whether recalls are on the rise, says Patty Lovera with the nonprofit Food and Water Watch. One thing’s pretty clear, though: Due to the interconnectedness of our industrial food supply, it’s easy for a problem at a single processing plant to affect supermarket shelves throughout the country. That means today’s disease outbreaks are more likely to be far-reaching. A set of bills in Congress is designed to give federal agencies greater authority to force and track recalls -- right now, most are voluntary -- but legislation that passed the House earlier this year stalled in the Senate before recess. The egg recall might push senators to get cracking.
Here’s a look at some major recent food-borne illness outbreaks and recalls: