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 2016, the United States will move significantly closer to a modern, prevention-based food safety system that will reduce foodborne diseases. For the past five years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been implementing the landmark reforms that Congress enacted in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This year, FDA staff will continue to finalize regulations and build the... Read More
In a victory for American consumers, the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress on Dec. 15 included an additional $104.5 million for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to continue implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Read More