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Unformatted text preview: on Harding’s package said that the frozen patties had been manufactured on June 5 at the Hudson Foods plant in
Columbus, Nebraska. The plant seemed an unlikely source for an outbreak of food poisoning. Only two years old, it had been built primarily
to supply hamburgers for the Burger King chain. It used state-of–the-art equipment and appeared to be spotlessly clean. But something had
gone wrong. A modern factory designed for the mass production of food had instead become a vector for the spread of a deadly disease. The
package of hamburger patties in Lee Harding’s freezer and astute investigative work by Colorado health officials soon led to the largest recall
of food in the nation’s history. Roughly 35 million pounds of ground beef produced at the Columbus plant were voluntarily recalled by
Hudson Foods in August of 1997. Although public health officials did a fine job of tracing the outbreak to its source, the recall proved less
successful. By the time it was announced, about 25 million pounds of the ground beef had already been eaten. an ideal system for new pathogens EVERY DAY IN THE U nited States, roughly 200,0...
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