From widespread salmonella outbreaks involving peanuts and cantaloupe to the discovery of mad cow disease in a California dairy cow, it's been quite a year for food safety.
There's promise that the Food Safety Modernization Act, which would be the biggest overhaul of the country's food safety regulations in decades, will finally be implemented now that the election is through. We hope so -- Bloomberg found this year that current FDA food inspections fail to catch the vast majority of pathogens. Perhaps that's what makes our story on the 10 most germ-infested areas in restaurants so disturbing.
Not that people are overly concerned; market research suggests that public concern about food safety this year is not remarkably different from past years, despite several high-profile recalls.
Educate yourself about this year's biggest food safety disasters by clicking through the below gallery.