Why is Our Food Safety System Broken?

According to the Government of Canada, one in eight Canadians will come down with a case of foodborne illness this year. How is it possible that so many Canadians fall victim to a preventable condition? According to the U.S. Centre for Disease Control, the situation is worse in the United States, with one in six Americans suffering the same fate every year. Obviously, something is badly broken in our food supply chain.

The conventional wisdom is that the risk increases from farm to fork, with farmers posing the least risk, followed by processors, then restaurants, and finally the consumers, who may fail to implement good hygienic practices like tossing expired foods.

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