Foods regulated by the FDA have caused numerous national outbreaks and recalls in the past three years.
August-September 2006: E. coli in bagged spinach sickened 204 people in 26 states, killing three
September 2006: salmonella found in tomatoes sickened 183 people on 21 states.
December 2006: Iceberg lettuce contaminated with E. coli at Taco Bell and Taco John restaurants sickened 152 people.
February 2007: Peter Pan peanut butter contaminated with salmonella sickened 425 people in 44 states.
June 2007: Canned chili and meats containing Clostridium botulism were recalled after causing eight illnesses in three states.
April- August 2008: Imported jalapeno and Serrano peppers (and possibly tomatoes) sickened 1,442 people in 43 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.
September-October 2008: Dairy products made in China were recalled because of international melamine adulteration that sickened 300,000 babies and caused seven deaths in China.
September 2008-March 2009: Salmonella contaminated peanut products from the Peanut Corporation if America sickened 691 people and caused none deaths in 46 stated and Canada. More than 3,800 products were recalled.
February-April 2009: Salmonella Saintpaul linked to raw alfalfa sprouts sickened 1818 people in 11 states.
March 2009: Setton Pistachio voluntarily recalled more than 2 million pounds of roasted pistachios because of possible Salmonella contamination.
March- April 2009: spice was recalled by Union International Co. because of possible Salmonella contamination that sickened 60 people in four states.
(Source: Center for Science in the Public Interest’s Outbreak Alertwww.cspinet.org/foodsafety/outbreak_report.html)