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A Turkish family has received food poisoning twice in a short amount of time from home cooked meals. Should there be universal health standards implemented in order to help ensure food safety world wide?

A Turkish family has received food poisoning twice in a short amount of time from home cooked meals. Should there be universal health standards implemented in order to help ensure food safety world wide?
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  • Impossible legislation doesn't help anyone

    Food poisoning can be caused by so many bacteria -- including those introduced while processing & those that grow over time. Cooking can kill most bacteria. Should we legislate cooking? Can we no longer eat raw food? Will we legislate what can be eaten? -- pigs harbor quite a number of diseases that can be dangerous for humans. I think education is better than universal health standards for this problem.

  • No, there simply could not be universal health standards for food worldwide.

    While the call for universal health standards with food is a noble idea, it just does not seem plausible to implement this worldwide. In many cases, diet is dictated by geographical attributes such as climate and geology, and it would not be possible to put a finger on the pulse of these to categorize food standards into safety categories.

  • No, universal health standards are unenforcable.

    No, the standard of living is so diverse that any attempt at concocting some kind of universal health standards is doomed to fail. Any standards established with a normal American kitchen in mind would be laughably out of reach and in many cases simply not applicable for big parts of the world. On the flip side, standards designed for a poor, rural family in Brazil's jungles or the deserts of Yemen would be completely useless for an American or European.

  • Usually the problem is with the cooking.....

    Food poisoning is almost always due to undercooked food, so maybe instead of undergoing a huge worldwide effort to standardize food, somebody should teach this couple how to cook. The overreaction to such a small story is really unbelievable. Not everything is a worldwide problem that can be solved only if the US/World steps in to save the day.


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