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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  • 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

  • Pew Highlights Weaknesses in Poultry Safety System

    The Pew Charitable Trusts released a report that examines how two recent outbreaks of foodborne salmonella infections exemplify flaws in the federal food safety program. The report, Weaknesses in FSIS's Salmonella Regulation, also makes seven recommendations to improve the Food Safety and Inspection Service's (FSIS) control of salmonella in poultry and strengthen its response to... Read More

  • A Look Into Multistate Foodborne Outbreaks

    In January 2011, President Obama signed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law, signaling the first major update to our nation’s food safety framework since the Great Depression. Despite bipartisan support, and a coalition of food safety advocates and industry representatives working for its enactment, the law's implementation is woefully behind schedule. This interactive... Read More

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