What’s gone wrong with America’s food supply? From Harvard Men's Health Watch

Published: March, 2010

Despite sustained progress in the past 100 years—in canning, sanitation, refrigeration, and beyond—food-borne illnesses have stayed with us. In recent decades the problem has taken on new dimensions. The March 2010 issue of Harvard Men's Health Watch focuses on what we can do as a society to be sure our food is safe and healthful.

Many factors contribute to the renewed concern about food safety. Agriculture and food processing have grown enormously in scale, and foods are shipped great distances. Contamination in one place can produce distant illnesses, making it difficult to recognize an outbreak quickly and track down its source.

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