Saving Farmers’ Bacon

In August 2015, an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella in Washington state sickened nearly 200 people and hospitalized 29. Officials traced the illnesses from restaurants and pig roasts back to a slaughterhouse.
 
But the next step—collecting samples from farms that supplied the infected pigs—was thwarted. Industry groups and laws shielding farms from inspection ensure that farms don’t have to provide information or access to food safety inspectors, even in the midst of an outbreak.
 
As former Agriculture Department veterinarian Parthapratim Busu says, “No one dares to stand up to the pork industry, not even the US government.”

The New York Times

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