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Food Safety: 9 Major Snafus Of The Decade (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 12/03/10 07:39 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:15 PM ET

Salmonella from eggs, E. Coli in spinach, dangerous caffeine/alcohol drink combos. It begs the question: Is the food in America safe?

Well, the U.S. government asked the same question, and earlier this week the Senate passed the Food Safety Modernization Act, a law that would strengthen the power of the FDA to oversee the nation's food supply.

The bill is considered a sweeping change to the food safety system, with a major focus on preventing food-borne illness. In that vein, here's a look at nine of the biggest FDA food recalls of the past decade.

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In September 2006, the FDA issued a statement warning of E. Coli bacteria in spinach. The outbreak originated on a central California farm. It eventually claimed five lives and caused 205 illnesses across 26 states, with most cases occurring in the Midwest. Ultimately, the spinach industry reported a $350 million loss as a result of the outbreak.

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