Making Supper Safe: One Man's Quest to Learn the Truth about Food Safety (MP3 CD)
In Making Supper Safe, Ben Hewitt exposes the vulnerabilities inherent to the US food industry, where the majority of our processing facilities are inspected only once every seven years. It turns out that in our increasingly complicated food system, pathogenic bacteria are everywhere. Food recalls have become so ubiquitous we hardly even notice them. The massive peanut salmonella contamination of 2008-2009 alone killed nine and sickened an estimated 22,500 people; only a few weeks later, contaminated frozen cookie dough sent 35 people to the hospital. Can we learn to trust our food again? In a quest to answer that question, Hewitt introduces a vibrant cast of characters and revolutionaries who are reinventing how we grow, process, package, distribute, and protect our food. He takes listeners inside a food contamination trace-back investigation, talks to lawyers, policy makers, and families who have been affected by contaminated food, and even goes dumpster diving to uncover the potential dangers of your dinner--all to uncover the potential dangers of dinner and amidst a broader food system malfunction.