In the latest E.coli outbreak, a bag of contaminated spinach has been traced to California’s Salinas Valley. It’s the ninth such incident in the past 11 years. Why do such outbreaks occur? Who’s in charge of protecting consumers? Would changes in farming and distribution make for greater food safety? Plus, political fireworks in the General Assembly and the future of the UN.
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In Iraq during July and August the death rate averaged almost 100 a day. Torture by sectarian militias is "out of control." The "generalized breakdown of law and order" is a serious challenge" to the country's institutions. That's from a report by the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq's Human Rights office.
Richard Oppel, New York Times
This week, the United Nations has been a forum for America-bashing by the leaders of Iran and Venezuela.
Speaking to the General Assembly, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez
branded President Bush "the devil," name-calling former President
Clinton called "undignified and not helpful." But Venezuela is Latin America's leading candidate for one of five rotating seats on the Security Council. What will that mean for the Council and choosing a new Secretary General?
Paul Kennedy, Professor of International Security Studies at Yale University
The latest count in the E.coli outbreak
is one dead and 146 suffering from cramps, diarrhea and kidney trouble.
The "smoking gun" is a bag of contaminated spinach found in the
refrigerator of a sick patient in New Mexico. It came from somewhere in
California's Salinas Valley, where three-quarters of America's spinach
and lettuce are grown. But officials may never know from which farm or
how the contamination occurred. They do know that this is the ninth
time in 11 years that a dangerous strain of E. coli has been traced to
Salinas Valley spinach or lettuce. Who's in charge of protecting
consumers from poisoned food? How stringently are standards enforced?
Is it time to change the way food is grown and distributed?
Patty Lovera, Food & Water Watch (@foodandwater)
Trevor Suslow, Microbial Food Safety Researcher at UC Davis
David Gombas, VP of Scientific and Technical Affairs for the United Fresh Produce Association
Kristie Knoll, Co-owner of Knoll Farms
Bob Scowcroft, Co-founder of the Organic Farming Research Foundation