In the week or so since the mad cow disease was discovered more than a million people have been sickened by the food they consumed, 6,000 became so ill they were hospitalized and approximatedly 100 died.
But guess what? This wasn't caused by mad cow disease. Not one person in the U.S. is known to have contracted the human form of this disease from consuming beef from within the United States. Instead, it was caused by e coli and other bacteria transmitted through ill-prepared food. And yet it gets little attention from the general public, which has its attention focused on mad cow disease.
Thus, there is little or no attention given to general foodborne disease that causes 325,000 hospitalizations, 76 million illnesses and about 5,000 deaths in an average year. After all of these deaths and illnesses, why isn't the USDA giving more attention to how our food is prepared for human consumption?