> Having survived the cholesterol scare of the '90s, the
> egg is facing perhaps a tougher foe: President Clinton's
> Egg Safety Action Plan.
> By its own estimates, the government believes that only
> 1 in 20,000 eggs contains Salmonella enteritidis,...
> at a rate of five deaths a year, fewer people die from
> eating Salmonella enteritidis-tainted eggs than from
> lightning strikes.
>`I think of this as a power struggle between business wanting
> to go on as usual and the consumers saying you can't make us
> sick anymore,'
The irony here is that the same statistical naivety, and lack of
appreciation of scale is what has driven the phobia against pesticide
residues. Except that the connection between pesticide residues and illness
is harder to prove than the Salmonella/illness connection.
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