Lou Dobbs Survey. Salmonella Outbreak Survey.

June 19th, 2008

I was reading USA TODAY’s June 18th edition and the title of the cover story in the Money section is How modern science and old fashioned detective work cracked the Salmonella case. Page two’s continuation title is Fast Action

I was reading USA TODAY’s June 18th edition and the title of the cover story in the Money section is How modern science and old fashioned detective work cracked the Salmonella case. Page two’s continuation title is Fast Action, great teamwork nabbed the culprit.

As I went on to read the rest of the article I was dismayed that from the 10th of April when the first case was reported to June 16th when the CDC reported that 277 people were infected with the same strain called saintpaul was called fast and successful. As of today the count is now 319 people. That’s a 15% increase in two days.

The Lou Dobbs Tonight survey asked whether or not we believe that the FDA knows the source of the outbreak and is just not telling us. There was some conversation as to whether the outbreak may in fact be farms in Mexico. According to the FDA they don’t know where the farms are in Mexico. Mr. Dobbs suggested looking at tomato farms.

As you know, my company SafeSourcing Inc. developed the SafeSourceIt™ North American Retail Supplier Database with over 150,000 retail suppliers. I asked a simple query of the database while sitting in the airport; in less than 2 minutes I determined that there are eight retail produce companies in Mexico. Of those, one supplies fruits and nuts. The other seven have phone numbers and addresses. It might be some where to start. Knowing your source of supply and their source of supply is no longer a nice to know, it is a half to know. Consumers demand it.

The Lou Dobbs tonight survey just came in. Ninety Five Percent (95%) of respondents believe the FDA already knows the source of the outbreak and just won’t tell us.

Last night we grilled hamburgers and my wife sliced some fresh tomatoes that still had vines attached. I still won’t eat them and that was a very quick decision on my part.

I look forward to your comments.

Ron

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