According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — CDC), in the first third of the year about 15 million people in the United States were poisoned food. Approximately 40,000 of them were hospitalized and 900 people have since died.
Information about food poisoning, it is worth noting, very rarely seen in the U.S. media. This is for one good reason: shops, catering establishments (restaurants, snack bars, cafes), plants, food producers, farmers and insurance companies are very much afraid of lawsuits and as a result, multi-million dollar losses. Perpetrators of poisoning do everything possible to resolve the conflict with minimal publicity.
In most cases, they do it. Over the past few years there have been no loud proceedings, which would undermine the reputation of the culprit poisoning and would compensate the victim's suffering. On the multi-million dollar compensation residents of the United States can only dream of, while abroad, U.S. companies are responsible for their sins in full.
Thus, the Court of Australia in Sydney, for example, ordered last week the fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) to pay $ 8.3 million relatives of 7-year-old girl who was left disabled (damage to the left hemisphere of the brain) after the eaten chicken leg (there were bacteria Salmonella).
In the same epidemic of American poisoning, in my opinion, first of all, to blame the three government agencies. It said CDC, and the Office of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), plus the Department of Agriculture (USDA).
In recent years the authorities have taken a number of initiatives aimed at simplifying the process of trade and cheaper products. They defended the interests of importers, producers and sellers of food products, but completely forgotten about the safety of ordinary consumers.
"Ten years ago, government agencies almost daily destroying infected multi-ton batch of products before they appear on the shelves, — says Richard Darrey, a fighter with food poisoning of Georgia. — Today we will learn about the poisoned products only after dozens of people come to the emergency room. "
Darrey absolutely right. In the ranks of the CDC, FDA and USDA are dozens of thousands of officials, but ordinary inspectors who must regularly inspect the warehouses, farms, shops, and other storage facilities (manufacturing) products are sorely lacking.
Texas resident Lance Myers, poisoned snails bought at the supermarket, you can call the typical victim of "food chaos" that America is going through.
"After several hours of terrible abdominal pain, high temperature, nausea and dizziness, I called an ambulance — says Myers. — I was taken to the hospital. There had to spend many hours, waiting for me to look on the doctor. Then there was a gastric lavage and cauterized. A week later, I tried to get compensation for their suffering … "
Needless to say that Myers did not work. The store refused to talk to him. The lawyer said that "not worth powder and shot," because the victim "did not go after the poisoning disabled and has not suffered a serious infectious disease."
Employees also hotlines CDC, FDA and USDA have promised that "if such incidents recur, then they will start an investigation."
Unfortunately, 99.9% of cases of food poisoning in the United States ends up that way.
It is fair to say that getting compensation for food poisoning — no less widespread fraud than bogus car accident. Feed 'lzheotravivshihsya "came in the second half of the 90-ies of XX century, and since then the procedure for obtaining compensation many times more complex.
For example, a California resident Lamont N. could not prove in court that the cause of severe poisoning served chicken breast, bought in a grocery store. He presented to the judge out of the packaging of goods, cash receipt, purchase of several witnesses, papers from the hospital, and more. The representative of the law, however, considered the simulator Lamont. The reasons for his decision the judge did not explain.
Particularly worth noting is the fact that even the awarded compensation is payable immediately.
Parents aforementioned girl from Australia that has fallen into a coma after the "delicacies» KFC, it took 7 years.
Now, imagine how long it may take proceedings in the ordinary poisoning bureaucratic United States.
I want to dwell on the most dangerous products (although the list can transfer indefinitely — even ordinary Americans poisoned drinking water in plastic gallons, which is in warehouses and stores in order to save space is stored together with household cleaning products).
The absolute leaders are products of animal origin, especially fish, poultry and meat. Then there are the canned goods, cheeses, sausages, milk and cottage cheese. If you completely eliminate them from your diet, the risk of salmonella will decrease by about 85%.
Statistics show that people are poisoned not only cheap canned goods for 99 cents for the three banks, but the organic steaks at $ 16 a pound. So the phrase, "in this store everything is always very fresh and useful, although expensive," it is better not to say. 15000000 poisoned in four months — another proof.
Gallup polling agency experts say that never in the history of the United States vegetarian (vegan) organizations were not as popular as it is now. And one of the reasons for the love of fruits and vegetables — a large number of poisonings.
"Immensely eating everyday foods from supermarkets, people are at grave risk to their health — says Nellie McConnell, the vegetarian movement activist from California. — For many, the first in the life of food poisoning seen as a psychological shock. The victims are willing to radically change the way of life, if only to prevent a repetition. "
Finish your stuff, I would like a list of the safest (in terms of CDC, FDA and USDA) food, but was surprised to find that this simply does not exist.
Most of the studies are not objective and were paid for by interested parties (organizations). The same products can simultaneously lead as lists of "most useful" and "very bad" foods.
Up the above the following: government agencies responsible for food safety, failed to promptly restructure the work with the onset of the economic crisis. As a result, the entire U.S. food sector was plunged into chaos. Today, some Texan manufacturer of meat off the freezer overnight to save a few dollars at the Bill for electricity (no it does not control), and dozens of visitors tomorrow expensive New York restaurant waiting for their turn in the emergency room with symptoms of poisoning: nausea, acute abdominal pain and fever. And out of this situation, unfortunately, not yet …