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        The Trouble with Chicken | Deadly Bacteria and Food Safety

        Discover how an outbreak of the deadly bacteria E. coli in 1993 led to a public health crisis and controversy about food safety, in these videos excerpted from FRONTLINE: The Trouble with Chicken. When four children died after eating undercooked hamburger at a fast food restaurant, food safety regulations were overhauled. E. coli was declared an “adulterant” and banned from food. Yet salmonella, another foodborne bacterium which sickens and kills, was not. This has led to conflicts among the meat and poultry industries, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the legal system, and Congress as to who is responsible for ensuring food safety. This resource is part of the FRONTLINE Collection.

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        A Public Health Crisis

        Learn how a lethal outbreak of E. coli in hamburgers in 1993 led to new regulations by the USDA and a greater public awareness of dangers in the food supply, yet failed to guard against one of the most common causes of foodborne illnesses—salmonella.

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        Labeling Salmonella

        Explore the controversy surrounding the proposed labeling of salmonella by the USDA as an adulterant, which would lead to banning or recalling foods containing the bacteria.

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