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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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
When the new import rules commence—the first takes effect in May 2017—they will help ensure that the safety standards applied to food produced domestically are also applied to items entering the United States from other countries, but only if the FDA receives the necessary funds to fully implement and enforce them. Read More