Netflix released "Poisoned: The Dirty Truth About Your Food," based on Jeff Benedict's investigation into one of the most shocking foodborne illness outbreaks in history. We dive into the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak, a game-changer that revolutionized food safety forever.

For all the business owners, moms, and household cleaning heroes out there, Pure 100 presents an eye-opening review of the documentary and its significance in ensuring the safety of our food supply and protecting public health.

The 1993 E. Coli Outbreak: A Wakeup Call

Back in January 1993, Jack in the Box served undercooked beef patties that left more than 700 individuals across four states seriously ill. Tragically, four children lost their lives, and many others suffered severe complications, including a potentially fatal kidney condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome.

This tragic event shocked the nation and brought attention to the risks associated with undercooked meat, sparking a profound shift in the fast-food industry's safety practices.

Changing the Rules: A Turning Point for Food Safety

The Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak prompted a revolutionary change in food safety regulations. In 1993, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service declared E. coli O157:H7 an adulterant in ground beef. This was a groundbreaking move, making it the first time a specific foodborne pathogen was legally defined as such.

This regulatory milestone led to more stringent safety measures, including increased microbial testing, reducing the likelihood of similar outbreaks in the future. As a result, our food supply became safer and healthier.

Safer Practices, Better Protection

The outbreak also pushed the fast-food and meatpacking industries to take responsibility and implement essential safety changes. The adoption of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) systems became widespread, helping to identify and mitigate potential hazards in the food production process.

Fast-food chains began holding their suppliers to higher standards, mandating microbial testing of their products. They also enhanced their in-house safety practices from sourcing to serving, ensuring such a tragedy never happens again.

Pure 100's Commitment to Food Safety

At Pure 100, we understand the vital importance of food safety for businesses, moms, and households alike. Pure 100 is unique that it is both an EPA approved disinfectant, but also approved for use on food contact surfaces without a subsequent rinse.  How manyhousehold disinfectants are approved for food-contact surfaces?!

We strive to empower you with the right tools and knowledge to maintain a safe and hygienic environment, protecting your loved ones, customers, and clients.

Join the Movement for Safer Food

The 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak was a defining moment in the history of food safety. It taught us the price of complacency and highlighted the critical role of effective safety measures in preventing foodborne illnesses.

As we review "Poisoned: The Dirty Truth About Your Food," let's come together as a community of businesses, moms, and household leaders, united by our commitment to food safety. By staying informed and taking action, we can create a safer future for everyone.

To learn more about Pure 100's food safety solutions and how we can support your business or household, contact us! 

Let's build a safer and healthier tomorrow, one step at a time!

August 02, 2023 — Alex Whitmore