A Guide to the Salmonella Outbreak

More than 500 fell ill between September 2008 and January 2009, and as many as eight have died, thanks to contaminated peanut butter. Here's how salmonella got into our food supply during this and past outbreaks, and how we might keep it out in the future

How does salmonella get into peanut butter? And can you kill it once it's there?

The bacterium that sickened more than 400 across the U.S. and killed three is resistant to many sterilization techniques


Why don't we irradiate all germ-carrying food?

Technology exists that destroys disease-causing bacteria in food. We use it more--and in some cases, less--than you might think


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