Lisa R. Shames

When buying a gallon of milk or ordering a cheeseburger and fries, most of us take food safety for granted. This confidence is not entirely misplaced, since overall the United States food supply is considered safe.

Nevertheless, foodborne illnesses continue to pose a small but real risk. In several recent high-profile cases, consumers in several states were sickened by contaminated food products as diverse as spinach and peanut butter.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,…

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