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Fighting Food-borne Illness


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A worker removes bags of salad mix after an E. coli outbreak in 2006 was linked to fresh spinach.
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A worker removes bags of salad mix after an E. coli outbreak in 2006 was linked to fresh spinach.

Nothing wrecks your appetite quite like the threat of a food-borne illness. But it can be hard to know what edibles to avoid. We talk with Heli Perrett, microbiologist and author of "The Safe Food Handbook" about ground rules for protecting yourself from unwelcome microbes.

Host: Dave Iverson

Guests:

  • Heli Perrett, sociologist, microbiologist, author and former senior technical specialist at the United Nations Development Programme and at the World Bank

More info:

Whole Foods recalled its cheese from western states in December because it was tainted with E. coli -- and the FDA recently traced a salmonella outbreak in the Midwest to organic alfalfa sprouts.

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