Posted on September 29th, this GOOD infographic ably breaks down the cost of keeping Americans safe from foodborne illnesses. Some–industry lobbyists and their political allies, for starters–say expenses associated with implementing the Food Safety Bill (around $1.6 billion, according to Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn) would prove prohibitive. Once you factor in the cost of treating foodborne illnesses though (a whopping $152 billion, according to estimates from the Produce Safety Project), that argument looks about as substantial as a meringue.

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