Book Review- Toxin by Robin Cook

Recently, I read the 1998 book called Toxin by Robin Cook. This award winning author is himself a highly respected member of the medical profession. It is an eye opener and wonderfully suspenseful.

Read this book if you dare but, be prepared to feel physically sick when you think about its message. This book explores the meat industry and though an older book, don’t you for one minute believe conditions have improved. Actually, you absolutely need to read this book no matter your aversion to the truth. We must acquaint ourselves with the facts. Though fiction, this is a well -researched story based on fact.

For example, “Did you know that many cases of the so called stomach flu (which basically does not exist) are instances of food poisoning of one kind or another?” And yes, much more than meat is involved. Get to know the facts along with the precautions you can use to ensure your family does not fall victim to this illness.

After talking with several people acquainted with slaughter houses and distributors of meat products and truckers picking up at such places, believe me when I say things have only gotten worse. It is more than the fact that there are two few inspectors in relation to places to check out that many go unchecked along with their filthy practices for months. What good are regulations when no one is there to enforce those very laws? Not only are the numbers against you for believing that food you consume is safe, but the industry that oversees the meat producers also are advocates for the same industry. Can you say-conflict of interest?

The problem at its root is greed. That means looking the other way so that more money makes its way to someone’s pocket regardless of what that means in terms of quality and safety. The consumer is put in jeopardy every time they eat a hamburger because all the steps on the chain require every person to do their part selflessly. They are supposed to put safety and cleanliness first. Wonder how often that happens?

This book gives an extreme example of the danger that is the result of carelessness and putting profits first. The story is compelling and I am quite sure you will find this page turner to be almost impossible to put down.

Characters are real people you can relate to and so are their motives accurate, unfortunately. The story line is exciting and fast paced and again you will miss some sleep when you try to put this book down.

I highly recommend this book as a good read but, also a chance to open ones’ eyes to whether or not America’s meat supply is actually safe. Now, for the hamburger!

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