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Food FightsHow History Matters to Contemporary Food Debates$
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Charles C. Ludington and Matthew Morse Booker

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469652894

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652894.001.0001

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Who Should Be Responsible for Food Safety?

Who Should Be Responsible for Food Safety?

Oysters as a Case Study

(p.145) 7 Who Should Be Responsible for Food Safety?
Food Fights

Matthew Morse Booker

University of North Carolina Press

The paradox of modern life is that consumers demand government protect them from an ever-greater range of risks, but at the same time complain about ever-greater government control. Reviewing epidemics of foodborne disease in the late 19th century, Matthew Booker shows how the U.S. government gradually took responsibility for food safety with the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act. We live longer and healthier lives because of those government regulations. But Americans today are threatened by illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, calling into question once again what is safe food and who should guarantee it.

Keywords:   Food safety, Disease, Typhoid, Diarrhea, Oysters, Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, USDA

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