A Look Into Multistate Foodborne Outbreaks
Since Passage of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act
In January 2011, President Obama signed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law, signaling the first major update to our nation’s food safety framework since the Great Depression. This interactive graphic represents reported multistate foodborne illness outbreaks linked to FDA-regulated products since FSMA was enacted, which constitute a small fraction of total foodborne illnesses reported during that period. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in six Americans (48 million people) suffer from a foodborne illness each year, resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths.
Notes: This map only includes reported multistate outbreak for which the CDC has identified a contaminated food source. CDC has confirmed an outbreak in 2013 linked to shellfish that sickened 104 people, but precise state-by-state case counts have not been reported.
The pomegranate seed cases reported from Wisconsin resulted from exposure to the product in California.
What defines an outbreak?