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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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
Recently, Pew's safe food project submitted comments on a proposal by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to revise its Salmonella and Campylobacter Verification Testing Program for poultry products. Read More