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  • Egg recall: Does it rank with other major food recalls?

    Egg recall: Does it rank with other major food recalls?

    [Editor's note: For an updated list of brand names and plants involved in the egg recall as of Aug. 26, click here.] Egg recall? It's just the latest in a number of high-profile food recalls in the United States in the past five years. The rate of major food-borne illnesses is down since the 1996-98 period, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported earlier this year. But with food production concentrated in large companies with regional or nationwide distribution, the US has seen several major food recalls. Among the biggest (click the right arrow for each new item):

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  • Egg recall: Does it rank with other major food recalls?

    Egg recall: Does it rank with other major food recalls?

    [Editor's note: For an updated list of brand names and plants involved in the egg recall as of Aug. 26, click here.] Egg recall? It's just the latest in a number of high-profile food recalls in the United States in the past five years. The rate of major food-borne illnesses is down since the 1996-98 period, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported earlier this year. But with food production concentrated in large companies with regional or nationwide distribution, the US has seen several major food recalls. Among the biggest (click the right arrow for each new item):

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