It seems like every other day, we're hearing about a new food recall. Sometimes we may feel like we're reading nothing more than another fearmongering story, but the sad reality is that one in six of us get sick from contaminated food. Overall, more than 48 million Americans get sick from contaminated food every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those cases, at least 3,000 die. Shirley Mae Almer was one of those 3,000. She died in 2008 after eating peanut butter contaminated with Salmonella. But before that, she had beaten brain cancer.
Her son and a now-advocate for food safety legislation, Jeff Almer, is speaking out about his mother, telling HuffPo Live, "She had beaten brain cancer ... and, you know, to beat brain cancer and die from simply eating peanut butter is just inexcusable." I'll say. Crazy enough, no one has yet been held accountable for this tragedy.