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A Hands-Off Hypothesis
30 April 2007, 5:36 pm
Filed under: food politics, Regulation

Earlier today, I wrote:

A level playing field cannot be had, however, if regulators are not to some degree immune to political pressure (in, I suggest, a similar way as U.S. Attorneys should be immune to political pressure), and political pressure is almost always tied to business interests.

And then I thought, you know, there do seem to have been a lot of food-borne illness outbreaks lately.

Hmm…

A CDC Press Release dated April 12, 2007, begins with the following paragraph:

A report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a leveling of cases for some foodborne infections after a period of decline. For others, incidences of infection which had declined appear to be returning to earlier levels.

(Emphasis added.)

The summary of that report dates the leveling off and return to earlier levels from 2000 forward.

In and of itself, this doesn’t prove anything, but it suggests a line of inquiry that might prove fruitful. Stay tuned.

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