Well, at least foodborne illnesses aren't getting worse says the CDC. Surveillance data for ten states indicate little change in numbers of cases of most foodborne bacterial infections (Salmonella infections may be going up, but just by a little). This is good or bad depending on whether you are an optimist or a pessimist. Optimists, like the meat industry, say whoopee! The system is working. Pessimists, like those at the CDC and FDA who are quoted in the New York Times, say the lack of improvement means that we must do something to improve the food safety system. I vote with the pessimists on this one.
The U.S. is particularly miserable at putting aside money for the future. Should we blame our paychecks or our psychology?