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Netflix documentary ‘Poisoned’ reveals the raw truth behind our food

Here's everything you need to know about the platform's new production revolving around poisonings caused by the U.S. food industry.

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Taking into account the hostile or B side of food through revealing data such as that ‘every year 48 million people get sick because of the food they eat’, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States), this documentary delves into the intricacies of this transversal paradigm that haunts us. And all this, projecting on an audiovisual level the reality of Jeff Benedict’s book, ‘Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak that Changed the Way Americans Eat’.

Through interviews with experts and family members of victims, ‘Poisoned: The Dirty Truth About Your Food‘, exposes the high levels of contamination and foodborne illness in the United States; glimpsing that large-scale conflict between health, public safety and corporate and/or food lobbyists’ greed and their powerful influence over politicians that could lead to regulatory changes.

Uncovering the dark side of the food industry

According to the notes of the documentary directed by filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig, ‘Poisoned’ explores the broken social contract between food supplier and consumer, delving into the history of food regulation and deadly foodborne illnesses, such as the first major outbreak of E. coli O157 in the United States in 1993, which led to the deaths of several children and a renewed sense of urgency about food regulation.

In recounting this and more recent food outbreaks, the documentary sheds light on how bacteria in what we consume can cause deadly illnesses, as well as attempts at cover-ups by food companies that reveal disturbing truths about the U.S. food supply system.