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Chipotle shut down all of its restaurants nationwide in response to the ongoing food poisoning outbreaks. The deadly pathogen e. coli sickened people from the East coast to the West, and cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. This Comment explores how these pathogenic outbreaks continue to happen, despite having federal agencies that are tasked with outbreak prevention. The increase of pathogenic outbreaks like e. coli and salmonella correlates to looser enforcement of federal regulations by executive agencies like the FDA and USDA. These agencies are often staffed by former lobbyists of the meat and poultry industries, and some who are even particularly high-level appointees who had contributed heavily to political campaigns of members of Congress. With former lobbyists within the ranks of government officials, the FDA and USDA have failed to uphold what they are mandated to do: protect the American people from harmful investigation of bacteria in our food. This Comment calls for a shut down of the "revolving door" by proposing stricter enforcement of restrictions on former executive branch employees from lobbying, as well as establishing limitations on meat industry lobbyists from serving in executive food protection agencies.

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Northern Illinois University Law Review

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Christine Beaderstadt, Comment, What’s Really at Steak: How Conflicts of Interest Within the FDA and USDA Fail to Protect Consumers, 36 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 97 (2016).

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