Mark Fiore's video on how government shutdown benefits Sammy Salmonella.

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Republican court appointees favor corporate profit over your survival. After all, if something is good for business it's good for the US.

Chicken Plant Spreading Salmonella, Agriculture Department Powerles...

A 2001 court decision crippled the federal government's ability to shut down food plants that are sickening people.

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Salmonella has made hundreds of people sick across the country in recent weeks. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is doing little to stop its spread...

The recent salmonella outbreak has sickened at least 300 people, with 42 percent of the victims being hospitalized--an alarming rate. But the Agriculture Department has not shut down the place where the salmonella came from: the California-based Foster Farms.

A conservative federal court had ruled that the USDA could not shutdown Supreme Beef--which had failed salmonella tests--because the meat would be safe if it was cooked the right way. The court decision means the USDA can only ask companies to voluntarily recall products.

The salmonella outbreak is occurring in the midst of a government shutdown that has furloughed federal workers, including those who work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When the salmonella outbreak made headlines, the CDC ordered some furloughed employees back to work to investigate it. But “ fewer than half of the 80 employees in the division that monitors food-borne illnesses will be coming back, and there are an estimated 30 outbreaks to be investigated,” the Los Angeles Times reported. [emphasis mine]

Food safety is just a frill, an unnecessary burden to business.


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