Although our food contamination issue might not be as bad as the E. coli outbreak gripping Germany, we're still not doing great.
The Centers for Disease Control notes in its June issue of Vital Signs that salmonella rates in the U.S. haven't decreased in fifteen years. Although E. coli rates have been cut in half in that time, salmonella still infects about a million Americans a year.
Currently, salmonella is making people ill before they've even eaten the food. Mt. Healthy Hatchery in Ohio has been linked to 39 salmonella cases caused by people handling baby chicks and ducklings the hatchery shipped to agriculture stores.
Last week an E. coli outbreak in eastern Tennessee and western Virginia killed a two-year-old and sickened at least seven other people. The source of the E. coli is still unknown, but officials are telling everyone to cook meat thoroughly, wash raw fruit and vegetables, and avoid swimming in waterways that might be contaminated by agricultural run-off.
Even our celebrities aren't immune!
Teen dream Selena Gomez's much-ballyhooed trip to the hospital on Thursday night is being attributed to food poisoning. After recording Thursday's episode of The Tonight Show, she complained of a severe headache and nausea.
Likewise, Oscar and Grammy-winning performer Jennifer Hudson spent some time in the hospital Friday morning with abdominal pains after performing on Good Morning America. Her spokesperson issued a statement that Hudson had been stricken with food poisoning.
Perhaps the CDC should start inspecting the deli trays in talk show green rooms as the reason behind America's stagnant salmonella rates.