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Why chicken is not beef

May 15, 2012

pan·dem·ic:  adjective  (of a disease) prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world; epidemic over a large area.

  • Suppose a family member fell ill after eating tainted seafood.
  • Suppose that “ill” in this instance meant not food poisoning as you know it but rather a rare, virulent infection defying treatment and resulting in a slow and excruciatingly painful death.
  • Suppose this foodborne illness struck others in your city, state, and country then spread across the globe.
  • Suppose world health officials spent countless hours and dollars tracking the infection’s source.
  • Suppose the answer was found in a bag labeled “Malaysian shrimp.”
  • Suppose officials traveled to Malaysia only to discover that the tainted shrimp was in fact indigenous to other and yet unknown waters.
  • Suppose that while more time and dollars were spent tracking the toxic shrimp source, thousands globally were afflicted after eating similarly tainted seafood.
  • Suppose your family member succumbed to foodborne illness.  
  • Would you suppose that money earned from mislabeled food was worth more than life itself?

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