(USDA photo) If you've ever fallen ill with a case of food poisoning, Big Food would like you to know that it's probably your fault. A few weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued new safety compliance guidelines for the poultry industry. They're notable for several reasons: they drastically reduce the allowable levels of salmonella present and, for the first time, they address the issue of campylobacter, the second leading cause of food-borne illness in the United States after salmonella. Current standards, for example, allow for up to 20 percent of poultry carcasses to carry salmonella. If adopted, the …
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Eric is a food writer, freelance journalist, and professional cook in San Francisco. He has worked for newspapers in California and Alaska, where he covered Sarah Palin's city hall back when she was still mayor of Wasilla and no one had any clue what lay in store years ahead. He blogs for Delish.com and is a regular contributor to Foodsafetynews.com. He writes about cooking on his own blog at slimyoungparsnip.wordpress.com, and hates the texture of mushrooms. Really.