Rady Ananda, Contributing Writer
After author Ben Hewitt revealed that the oft-quoted figure of 77 million foodborne illnesses a year came from a 1999 study based mostly on assumption, the Centers for Disease Control released a revised estimate of 48 million. The new revision still uses the assumption, which Hewitt clarifies:
The CDC assures us now that they have identified 31 foodborne pathogens responsible for 9.4 million illnesses annually, but:
Unspecified agents? Not yet recognized? Not yet discovered? Then how do they know these 38 million illnesses are a result of a foodborne pathogen? This means that two-thirds of all foodborne illnesses supposedly suffered annually is based on CDC fantasy.