Safe Food Project

Improving food safety is critical in the United States, where an estimated 48 million cases of foodborne disease occur annually. Food contaminated with dangerous bacteria and other pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella cause an estimated 3,000 deaths each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Foodborne illnesses are particularly dangerous for vulnerable groups, such as young children and older adults, and can lead to long term health problems or even death. Pew’s work in this area seeks to reduce health risks from foodborne pathogens by strengthening federal government authority and the enforcement of food safety laws.

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  • Documents Outline Foster Farms Flaws First Highlighted by Pew

    Documents obtained by the Natural Resources Defense Council detail more than 200 health and safety violations at California chicken plants linked to two outbreaks of Salmonella infection that were the subject of a 2013 report by Pew’s safe food project. Read More

  • Foster Farms Recalls Chicken Products

    Pew expert calls USDA’s approach to salmonella ‘wholly inadequate' Foster Farms, the nation’s sixth-biggest chicken producer, announced a voluntary recall of some chicken products July 3, 2014, as victims continue to be identified in a 16-month salmonella outbreak caused by poultry the company processed. Read More

  • Letter to Congress: Critical Time to Increase FDA Food Safety Funding

    A coalition of consumer groups are calling on Congress for a substantial increase in funding for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so that the agency can implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. In a letter to the chairmen and the ranking members of the subcommittees that allocate funding to FDA, the organizations stressed the critical need for additional resources in fiscal year... Read More

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