To the Editor: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, is telling us [to quote the editorial column "76 Million Illnesses," SN, Nov. 1, 1999], "that each year 76 million people fall ill from their food, 325,000 are hospitalized and 5,000 die." I join you in questioning those numbers. Whenever a food product that causes some illness hits the grocery shelves or restaurants, a national hysteria grips the country. The recall process is set in motion. The press rings the alarm ...

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