man with gas mask and apple

If there’s an upshot to Barry Estabrook’s must-read piece on the critical failings of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — the agency charged with keeping most of our food safe — it’s this: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

And no, I’m not exaggerating. As Estabrook reports, we’re in the midst of a food poisoning epidemic. “According to the CDC, there are about 48 million cases of food poisoning a year, leading to more than 128,000 hospitalizations and more than 3,000 deaths,” he writes.