Is the number of contaminated foods increasing? Are federal and local regulators falling down on the job these days? After all, it does appear that nearly every day, some new instance of food contamination is revealed. A June 19 commentary in the Chicago Tribune says no to these questions. Rather than an increase in contaminated food, the article says that we actually have more ability to detect contamination than we ever did. In addition, consumers’ tastes have changed. “Food that at one time wasn’t available in certain seasons now is, making the path to consumers’ tables longer, more complicated and rife with opportunities for contamination. Also, consumers are demanding a greater variety of easier-to-prepare and ready-to-eat foods that despite being fresh, have a longer road to the grocery store,” the article concluded.