by Marion Nestle
Oct 14 2009

Larry King Live on unsafe meat

Bill Marler has posted a handy link to his Monday night appearance on Larry King Live on which he, and many others, were on to discuss meat safety.  As Marler puts it, the discussion got sidetracked – I would say derailed – from food safety to whether eating meat is good for you or not. Among others, Colin Campbell, the committed vegan scientist who wrote The China Study, was given plenty of air space to argue no it is not.

Despite Marler’s best efforts, and those of mothers and grandmothers of children sickened by eating meat contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, King refused to let anyone get a word in edgewise about the need to fix our food safety system.

Forgive me, but we know what needs to be done about food safety.  As I am ever intoning, we need a single agency devoted to food safety that combines the safety functions of FDA and USDA.  That agency needs to require and enforce a science-based safety system (of the HACCP type) for all foods, from farm-to-table.

Will we ever get it?  Only if people like Larry King catch on to the problem and help generate enough public outrage to get Congress to move on food safety.  King had the chance.  He blew it.

  • Anthro

    It’s a sorry day when a sorry “entertainer” cable host even takes on a topic he knows nothing about. Larry King is the most uninformed host of such frivolous shows that I have seen. I quit watching him years ago due to his glaring and frequent ignorance on almost any topic. He simply does NOT do his homework. He is still a buffoon whenever I catch a glimpse of his “show”. However, I take your point that it is a shame that whatever audience he has was so ill-served by his latest show of ignorance.

  • Even the FDA admits with its own subcommittees that it is unable to fulfill it mission for food safety. The amount of chemicals and new additives added to the industry is just too much for the FDA to sift through.

    FDA Science Board. (2007). FDA science and mission at risk. Retrieved July 13, 2009 from FDA Web site: 2520Report%2520on2520Science2520and2520Technology.pdf+’FDA+Science+and+Mission+at+Risk&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

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