I am often asked what foods I avoid because they may carry a risk of contamination with pathogenic organisms.  I have a very short list of foods to avoid on principle based on concerns about the potential for bacterial adulteration.  But I am increasingly concerned about the general quality of the American diet as a…

Americans are rightly concerned about the wide variety of pathogens that regularly turn up in foods common to most diets.  Who wouldn’t appropriately worry about an array of bugs that can induce serious short-term and even long-term health impacts from a wide spectrum of what Americans eat on a regular basis?  But the bigger worry …