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There’s nothing like a cause – i.e. “food safety” – to lure hundreds of taxpayer-funded bureaucrats to a convention.

Hell, what are causes without conventions and bureaucrats, right?

Anyway … in a not-so-“delicious” bit of irony, more than 400 attendees at a “food safety summit” in Baltimore, Maryland came down with suspected food poisoning at the event. The attendees – which included representatives of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – experienced bouts of diarrhea and nausea.

That’s prompted another wave of bureaucrats at the Maryland Department of Health and the┬áBaltimore City Health Department to launch a massive investigation into the cause of the outbreak.

The summit was held from April 8-10.

“File under ‘Government Health Care,'” our friends at Zero Hedge note.