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In yet another reminder of how close to home food safety issues are, it was reported yesterday that a woman in Tamarac, Florida, was arrested in a Publix store there after she was seen injecting “a black liquid that smelled like ammonia” into baby food and juice containers.

The woman apparently has a history of mental problems and violent behavior; she told authorities that she was mixing food for her son, but it then was revealed that her son is 21 years old.

KC's View:
I’m sure these kinds of stories are reported frequently, and maybe it has gotten to the point where we don’t even pay attention anymore – we just take note and move on, figuring that this is just part of life in the 21st century.

But, especially in view of the peanut/salmonella scandal, it is important to be reminded of the range of food safety issues that confront the industry.