Data Visualization

Multistate Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

In January 2011, President Barack Obama signed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law, signaling the first major update to our nation’s food safety oversight framework since the Great Depression. Despite widespread support for the legislation and its implementation, the Obama administration still has not issued final rules under FSMA.

This graphic represents all of the multistate foodborne illness outbreaks  identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since FSMA was enacted that were linked to FDA-regulated products. However, because foodborne illnesses are significantly underreported, there were likely many more illnesses; in fact, CDC estimates that each year, one in six Americans (48 million people) suffer from a foodborne illness -- resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths.

Note: This chart does not include outbreaks caused by meat and poultry products regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Check out our resources on illnesses linked to these foods.

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