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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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
In response to consumer demand, imported foods occupy a growing share of Americans’ collective plate: About 20 percent of all food eaten in the United States is produced in other countries, up from 12 percent in the early 1990s. However, a new study by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration found that foodborne illness outbreaks... Read More