Improving food safety is a public health priority. Food contaminated with pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella causes an estimated 48 million illnesses and 3,000 deaths annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pew’s work in this area seeks to improve the government’s prevention-based food safety strategies in order to reduce health risks from foodborne pathogens.
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In a significant achievement for public health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released final rules on November 13 that promise to reduce the number of Americans sickened by tainted food. The rules, which govern fresh produce and imported food, are foundational pieces of the prevention-based system that the agency has been developing since Congress passed the FDA Food Safety... Read More
Beginning in July 2015, an outbreak of foodborne illnesses swept across the country. As of Oct. 14, there have been 767 reported cases of Salmonella Poona infections linked to Mexican cucumbers in 36 states, resulting in 157 hospitalizations—the highest number of both reported cases and illness-related hospitalizations in a single outbreak since the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)... Read More
On Oct. 26, numerous public health leaders and consumer advocates sent letters to appropriators in the Senate and House of Representatives, calling on them to fully fund the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) as they make their final decisions on the fiscal 2015 budget. Read More