Student journalists from Arizona State University participating in the national Carnegie-Knight News21 program are published in a major national investigation into food safety in America.

The stories being published by The Washington Post this week detail the widespread incidence and many causes of foodborne illness in the U.S. and show how a combination of industry practices and gaps in government oversight leaves consumers vulnerable. Earlier, the Post published two breaking news stories from the News21 national project about food safety at farmers markets and a corporate challenge to the way federal and state governments investigate foodborne illness outbreaks.

Among the News21 stories featured on msnbc.com are an examination of the dangers posed by seafood, how less than 2 percent of imported food is inspected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at ports of entry and why food at farmers markets may not be as safe as consumers think.

The project also appears on the websites of News21 and the Washington-based Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization.

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