This article originally appeared in the December 2013/January 2014 double issue of The Progressive. For more great content like this, subscribe today and get one full year of the magazine for as little as $10.
It's outrageous that the richest nation on earth can't protect its citizens from lethal infections from tainted food.
So it is a relief to see progress on this most basic consumer protection in the Senate's passage of sweeping food safety legislation this week in the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Despite tens of thousands of outbreaks of illness and thousands of deaths from tainted meat, eggs, spinach, and peanut butter, there were still those who argued that "the free market is working."