Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Read the stories
- Here's what we know – and what we'll never know
On the night before Halloween, Danielle Wadsworth made tacos for dinner at her Lewiston home. A week later, she was hooked up to two IVs at Central Maine Medical Center as doctors debated whether she needed a blood transfusion. How did this happen?
- USDA knew of risks, yet imposed no rules
The federal agency responsible for the safety of the nation's beef supply has known for 14 years that retailers' poor record keeping jeopardizes public health, but it failed to require better standards.
- Silent treatment: USDA frustrates Maine lawmakers during outbreak
Extracting relevant information from the federal agency overseeing food safety proves challenging, even for leaders on key committees.
- In Search of Contamination (infographic)
- A TIMELINE OF THE OUTBREAK
- Largest Meat Recalls Since 1994 (infographic)
- Public health 'detectives' tracked clues to illness' cause
Discovering salmonella was just the beginning. Investigators found victims, patterns, genetic fingerprints – and a complex mystery.
- Close to home: Neighborhood butcher has new appeal
Buying meat and produce locally doesn't guarantee they're any safer, but there's comfort in knowing the food source is near at hand.
- Handle with care: Many people ignore guidelines
Industry rules can only go so far, food safety experts say, and can't protect consumers from themselves.
- SLIDE SHOW: Cook safely, eat safely