'Toxic' Peanut Butter Is Just One Incredibly Scary FDA Food Safety Fail

peanut butter jarPeanut butter, hamburgers, our favorite fruits ... Ever wonder why there seems to be a recall almost every week? Well, now we have to look no further than a new study done by Bloomberg Markets, which found that six out of SEVEN audit documents from food inspectors were given approval ratings just before or just after they supplied toxic food.

The foods involved were cantaloupe, eggs, peanut butter, and turkey. In other words, really popular foods we eat every day and that we shouldn't be having to worry about making us sick. Scary, right?


You would think that a federal agency actually devoted to looking out for our well-being by making sure that our food is safe would have a much better track record than what we're seeing here. But nope! Eerily enough, they've handed over much of their regulating duties to private companies in the food industry itself over the past two decades. And these for-profit inspection companies -- known as third-party auditors -- aren't required by law to meet any federal standards and have no government supervision. Wow. So, it's really no wonder 48 million of us get food poisoning every year (and some even die) as a result of toxic food. This is no joke -- the rate of illnesses from food has shot up 10 percent between 2006 to 2010. That's terrifying!

And it's not just about the kind of food poisoning that turns up right away (you know, the kind that has you sweating and crawling on the floor to the nearest bathroom ...), BPA, heavy metals, hidden stores of salmonella, processed chemicals like high fructose corn syrup, etc. are all making us chronically ill, too. And in the meantime, it looks like the FDA is just twiddling its thumbs.

Doug Powell, a professor of food safety at Kansas State University, told Bloomberg:

The outbreaks we’re seeing are endless. You need to be in a culture that takes food safety seriously. Right now, what we have is hidden. The third-party auditor stickers and certificates are meaningless.

In other words, we're risking our health by simply going shopping at our grocery store. And for those of us who do that in an effort to prepare dinner for not only ourselves but our loved ones, it's beyond infuriating. We should be able to trust the FDA to do their job and keep our food supply clean and eatable. Anything less than that -- and clearly, what's currently going on -- is totally unacceptable.

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