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Poisoned: The Dirty Truth About Your Food

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Food safety docu debates U.S. diet; language, scares.

Movie NR 2023 82 minutes
Poisoned: The Dirty Truth About Your Food movie poster: Dark lime green store shopping basket containing groceries such as beef, a red apple, and a yellow pepper and seal with a yellow tape with the word caution in black bold letters, along with the film's title and streaming date of August 2nd in black bold letters, and the distributor's name Netflix in red letters

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Director Stephanie Soechtig (Fed Up) brilliantly serves up yet another food-for-thought documentary. In Poisoned: The Dirty Truth About Your Food, viewers have often digested the statement that the United States has the safest food supply in the world. That's not, however, completely true. The documentary cites historic cases such as the Jack in the Box fast-food restaurant that reportedly caused an E. coli outbreak and the death of four kids due to undercooked hamburgers beginning in 1992.

Marion Nestle, author of Safe Food, alleges that "the company was not following" legal cooking procedures. Robert Nugent, president of the eatery says, however, that "we would never choose not to pay attention to the law." But it's more than just the beef. Food safety consultant Dr. Mansour Samadpour indicates that "when you eat a hamburger, the most dangerous part of that is not the burger. It's going to be the onions, lettuce, and tomatoes." Adds Nestle, "If you're the parent of one of those kids, this is beyond your comprehension. It's an American scandal." It's also a tainted tale to remind us all to possibly proceed with caution with the food we eat.


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