Eric Schlosser, author of "Chew on This" and "Fast Food Nation," has been challenging his "opponents" to debate him. He recently found that challenge as J. Patrick Boyle, American Meat Institute's president, debated Schlosser on CNBC's Street Signs. The specific topic addressed safety and integrity of the U.S. meat supply.
Boyle outlined Schlosser's inaccuracies and misrepresentations in his recent book, "Chew on This." Aimed at middle-school youth, the new book is a spin off of his earlier one titled "Fast Food Nation," which has been made into a movie. The fictional movie will be released this fall. Both books harshly criticize the U.S. packing industry, food production processes and companies as well as fast-food entities, among other things. Schlosser question the process by which meat safety is evaluated in processing plants today.
During the debate, Schlosser would not go so far as to say that the meat supply is unsafe. However, he insisted that the packing industry could do a "much better job of food safety." Boyle countered by offering government statistics indicating continuous reductions in foodborne pathogens.
For example: The Center for Disease Control's report, Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, indicates significant declines in the estimated cases of Campylobacter, Listeria, Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli O157 and Yersinia, when comparing 2005 data with baseline data collected in 1996 to 1998. CDC's FoodNet collects data from 10 U.S. states regarding diseases caused by enteric pathogens transmitted commonly through food.
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