As a longtime resident of El Paso, I am accustomed to the presidential "silly season," that special time every four years when presidential candidates make sweeping statements about U.S.-Mexico relations. But this year, with calls for building walls and baseless accusations about Mexican immigrants, the rhetoric seems more sinister than silly.
Federal inspectors are inside every meat and poultry processing plant in this country. The problem is, their efforts sometimes fail to identify salmonella - a potentially deadly pathogen that sickens more than a million Americans each year, about 200,000 from contaminated poultry. The five cases detailed below offer a window into why.