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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Data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) for 2016 demonstrate that the United States continues to make little progress driving down the rates of infection by bacteria commonly transmitted through food. FoodNet is the U.S. surveillance system for foodborne illness. It tracks confirmed outbreaks in a... Read More
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 23 people in nine states had been infected as of March 21 with a particularly dangerous strain of E. coli linked to I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butters and Granola products. Twenty of the reported victims are younger than 18, and 10 have been hospitalized. Seven have developed a type of kidney failure known as hemolytic uremic syndrome... Read More
Twenty-one food companies, retailers, and trade associations sent a letter to House and Senate appropriators on March 15 urging their continued support for increased funding of the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act. Read More