Recently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the largest crib recall ever, 2.1 million cribs. The manufacturer, Storkcraft, will no longer be able to produce this type of crib. In the last two years, 5 million cribs have been recalled. The CPSC is looking at a ban on this type of crib completely. The most recent recall was triggered by 110 incidents and three deaths.
Toyota also made headlines with a massive recall. Toyota officials were called into a Congressional Hearing to testify in order to determine if Toyota has fully addressed the issue with the recall. Toyota halted production of vehicles and is repairing the vehicles involved in the recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has linked unintended acceleration in Toyotas to at least 34 deaths.
The CDC estimates that E. coli O157:H7 is responsible for 73,480 hospitalizations and 609 deaths ANNUALLY. To date, there has been no Congressional Hearings with officials from the meat industry companies responsible for outbreaks. Despite a 1994 ban on selling meat contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, millions of pounds of contaminated meat are recalled each year.
These numbers are not meant to make any of these deaths less significant. Each person lost was a family member, a human being. What I struggle to get my head around here is, why is our food less important to regulate and investigate than other products?