The statistics are grim. Each year in the U.S., food borne illness affects 76 million people, leading to 300,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimates. And, federal inspections of food manufacturing facilities have been on the decline. A report published earlier this month by the FDA's Office of the Inspector General found that, “between fiscal years 2004 and 2008, FDA inspected annually an average of 24 percent of the food ...

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