Safe Food Project

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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  • Boost to Food Safety Funding Would Benefit Public Health and Food Producers

    The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) overhauls the systems and practices that ensure the safety of the nation’s food supply. The law focuses the Food and Drug Administration’s oversight on preventing food contamination rather than reacting once illnesses have occurred. Read More

  • 5 Facts Supporting FDA's Food Safety Budget Request

    For fiscal year 2016, the president asked Congress for $109.5 million in additional funding for the Food and Drug Administration to continue implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Providing the agency with the resources needed to implement this important food safety law has been a bipartisan priority since FSMA was enacted in 2011. Read More

  • The Persistence of Foodborne Listeria

    Listeria bacteria can be deadly, especially when young children, pregnant women, and the elderly contract infections. Recent news about the bacteria—an outbreak linked to caramel-covered apples and a study that shows their ability to survive in retail environments—underscores the public health threat posed by Listeria and the need for measures to prevent future illnesses. Read More

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