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Horse-Meat Scandal Exposes Weakness in Global Food Chain

The horse-meat storm that broke over Europe two months ago has been in one respect a tempest in a horseshoe, because it posed no threat to human health. That’s not a minor caveat in an industry where, in the U.S. alone, tainted food kills 3,000 people each year and sickens 48 million.

The horse-meat substitution has struck a nerve, however, as people wonder what else they’re eating that isn’t what they think it is.