A quick good morning from New York City.
I noticed that the headlines are 2 face death over China poison milk scandal, wow, who will face death over our very own melamine scandal? Okay, not death, but will anyone be held accountable?
Here at ECP we’ve covered melamine in China, on own shores and the failure of the FDA as it relates to food safety.
Of course today MSNBC tells you that you need to know 125 foods recalled due to salmonella outbreak, we warned you about it some time ago.
All of this begs the question, what is the role of a blogger in health? Am I yelling fire in a crowded theatre or am I screaming smoke and letting y’all choose to stay or go?
I can’t wait to hear what y’all think about the role of bloggers and the healthcare community? In a few short hours the experts will sound off and I’ll be bringing it to you here at ECP. If you have a question you want answered please find me on twitter or leave it here in the comments.
[This post was written by Jessica Gottlieb.]
Keep shouting. I don’t think we can afford to depend on the news media, as some people tune out the news. There’s also the sensationalism that the media creates, which makes it hard for the average citizen to take them too seriously. I think the more people who research these news items and talk about them the better.
Daniel Maxson says
I agree the news media have not done their job in warning us about health risks, but even more importantly, the people responsible for our food safety (the FDA) have obviously been falling down on their job as well. And it’s time those in charge were brought to account for their actions.
There was a debate over at newsy.com (where they were also covering the story about China’s milk scandal) about how China should handle this incident. Personally, I know in America we don’t like the death penalty, but it only seems fair to take a life for a life. How else will will anyone understand the severity of government negligence?