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1993 E. coli outbreak still driving food safety advances

After the deadly 1993 E. coli outbreak tied to Jack in the Box hamburgers,  the restaurant industry and government increased food safety education efforts.

In early 1993 most Americans had faith in the wholesomeness of the burgers they bought at restaurants and the government’s oversight of meat companies. Few considered eating out to be a potentially risky activity that could lead to illness or death, and even fewer had heard of the deadly pathogen E. coli O157:H7. By February of that year, all of that changed.

It’s been 20 years since a deadly foodborne illness outbreak at Jack in the Box grabbed headlines. That e

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