The Madeleine Brand Show for August 5, 2011

California's food safety may inform national standards

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Amy Standen for NPR

About 200 cows graze on the Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company's 700-acre farm in northern California.

Thirty six million pounds of fresh and frozen turkey have been recalled. The meat has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that's killed one California man and sickened more than 70 others. It's been five years since an E. Coli outbreak linked to spinach from the Salinas Valley killed three people and made 200 others sick. The resulting food safety standards in California are now the model for proposed national standards. Reporter Krista Almanzan from KAZU in Monterey looks at how the program works.


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