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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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  • Foodborne Illness Outbreaks: Costly and Preventable

    Each year, foods contaminated with bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens sicken an estimated 48 million Americans and cause more than $15 billion in economic costs. These illnesses can be reduced significantly with prevention-based requirements for food producers and robust government oversight. Pew’s research and policy recommendations inform federal food safety regulators and the... Read More

  • Another Listeria Outbreak Sickens Many

    Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began investigating a recent multistate Listeria outbreak linked to bagged salads and frozen fruits and vegetables. So far, eight people have been sickened after eating products contaminated with Listeria. Read More

  • Listeria Found in Packaged Dole Salad Leads to Justice Department Probe

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating Dole Food Co.’s response to Listeria contamination in its Springfield, Ohio, plant. Dole’s internal testing program found Listeria in the facility as far back as July 2014. Public health agencies in the United States and Canada linked four deaths and 33 illnesses to a strain of the bacteria found in packaged salads produced at the... Read More

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