Michael Moss, who won the Pulitzer Prize on Tuesday for his reporting on contaminated hamburger and gaps in federal oversight of food safety, will be taking questions from readers on Diner’s Journal this week.
Michael used confidential corporate and government records to tell the story of the single hamburger that infected a 23-year-old woman with E. coli and left her paralyzed. What went into that burger were low-grade beef trimmings, some treated with ammonia. He found that some slaughterhouses actually refuse to sell meat to ground beef producers unless they agree not to test for E. coli. His article helped lead to wider testing in the industry.
He also reported about a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a peanut plant in rural Georgia and discovered that peanut producers do not have to tell government officials when they find salmonella and food manufacturers that use peanuts do not test them for the pathogen.
Michael has been an investigative reporter with The New York Times since 2000 and has twice previously been a Pulitzer finalist.
I often go over to see what Nick is writing about...or anyone else at Diner's Journal. I often learn a lot!!