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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Families Affected by Contaminated Peanut Butter Pivotal to Enactment and Implementation of Food Safety Law
In September, a federal court in Albany, Georgia, will sentence three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives for crimes committed during one of the worst foodborne illness outbreaks in recent history. A jury found last year that the PCA executives knowingly shipped peanut butter and paste contaminated with a virulent strain of Salmonella that was used in ice cream, crackers,... Read More
For the fourth summer in a row, concerns about the safety of imported cilantro are underscoring the importance of robust funding for U.S. food safety. Hundreds of people in the United States have been infected with Cyclospora, a foodborne parasite, and outbreaks have been linked, at least tentatively, to Mexican cilantro. U.S. authorities are investigating an ongoing Cyclospora outbreak in which... Read More
On May 21, 2015, Pew’s safe food project convened a widely attended, bipartisan U.S. Senate briefing addressing the ongoing transformation of the nation’s approach to food safety. Read More