The average consumer often ignores the conditions their food is grown or raised in. Generally, it is only when a deadly outbreak of foodborne illness occurs that people scrutinize the food industry and food safety regulations. Illuminating text, augmented with informative charts and detailed fact boxes, provides a comprehensive guide to the history of food safety laws in the United States. Readers learn about major foodborne diseases and what causes them, as well as what is being done to stop those diseases from spreading. Annotated quotes from experts and full-color photographs enhance this essential reading experience.