Spoiled: Why Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do about It

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Spoiled apple juice. Tainted fast-food hamburgers. Contaminated raspberries. As reports of food-borne disease make the headlines with alarming regularity, we are beginning to wonder if every bite we take poses a risk. Are these food scares mere hype and hysteria, or is there a bigger and more frightening story behind the headlines? Journalist Nicols Fox tells in arresting detail what has happened to food and why. Drawing from

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Overview

Spoiled apple juice. Tainted fast-food hamburgers. Contaminated raspberries. As reports of food-borne disease make the headlines with alarming regularity, we are beginning to wonder if every bite we take poses a risk. Are these food scares mere hype and hysteria, or is there a bigger and more frightening story behind the headlines? Journalist Nicols Fox tells in arresting detail what has happened to food and why. Drawing from

"Praised by Kirkus Reviews as `A first-rate work of journalism in the public interest'...Fox examines how changes in the human relationship with food is increasing the rate of food-borne illnesses."

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This journalistic treatment of foodborne illnesses traces the rise in the dangers associated with foods to vast changes in the past 25 years of how we grow, process, and transport our agricultural goods. Relying on interviews with epidemiologists, physicians, FDA and USDA officials, farmers, distributors, and victims of foodborne illnesses, the author discusses the growing frequency of problems related to super salmonella, campylobacter, E. coli, mad cow disease, and various other pathogens. She argues that we need to become more aware of the problems that result from the willingness of large agribusinesses to take risks with other peoples lives. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Hugh Pennington
With its mix of human interest stories and authoritative analysis, {this}is a well-referenced and readable review of our current food safety crises. It is approachable both for non-technical readers and experts in the field, though its high moral tone might irritate some European readers. More importantly, the book reminds us about the lessons that we still have to learn, and of the high penalties that foodborne pathogens have exacted from us through involuntary coprophagy due to complacency, official casuistry, conflicts of interest and general incompetence.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780140275551
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Index Case 3
2 Policing the Pathogens 26
3 The Changing Nature of Foodborne Disease 48
4 The Paradox of Change 71
5 Trade: A Passport for Pathogens 99
6 The Movable Microbial Feast 115
7 Super Salmonella and the Bad Egg 137
8 Campylobacter and the Poultry Connection 178
9 The Hamburger Bacteria 211
10 New Pathogens and the Politics of Denial 264
11 The Madness Behind Mad Cows 291
12 Caught with Our Defenses Down 335
13 A Reluctant Vegetarian and the Search for Clean Food 358
Epilogue: The Andersons' Calves 381
Appendix: Eating and Cooking Safely: Short-term Defense Tactics 393
Notes 397
Glossary 417
Index 421
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    The book Spoiled by Nicholas Fox is an intriguing and insightful

    The book Spoiled by Nicholas Fox is an intriguing and insightful look into the agriculture industry.
    Each chapter discusses a food borne illness caused by a large variety of things including water contamination,
     and non strict regulations. Through anecdotes and studies this book displays the tragic rising of disease.
    Although the anecdotes are interesting and provide good pathos appeal it ends up being repetitive as each
    chapter has one to start it out and decreases in effectiveness each time.  A primary part of the book is the
    frustration towards isolating and finding the cause of these diseases and I found it extremely frustrating as the
    reader to have it reiterated so many times in occasionally excruciating detail. While informative the repetition is
    annoying. However I found this book to be very well organized, nothing was out of place and stayed on topic. It
    stayed consistent with the order of topics in the chapters which made navigation straightforward and
    uncomplicated. The research done in this was immense and impressive and well thought out. The topic I
    enjoyed reading about the most was the reasoning behind the outbreaks and thought it was the best part of this
    book. The language was easily understandable and provided a clear information. Even though I was
    disappointed that most of the book focused on the problem instead of the solution I would recommend others.
    Overall this book would be a 4 out of 5 stars it addressed an exciting topic and was well researched and had
    minimal repetition. 

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