Food contaminated with pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella causes an estimated 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths annually in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. is not making enough progress in reducing these preventable diseases, and outdated federal meat and poultry inspection laws are a main reason. Pew is working to modernize the U.S. food safety system for these products so that it better reflects current risks to human health and relies on scientific and technological advancements.
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In December, the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC)—a partnership that includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Department of Agriculture—released new illness estimates for 17 food categories and four major disease-causing bacteria. The data and methods used in the study demonstrate the complexity of the task,... Read More
Three days before 2018 arrived, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced they were investigating a foodborne E. coli outbreak that ultimately resulted in one death and sickened at least 25 people in 15 states. “Leafy greens” were identified as the likely source, but the Food and Drug Administration continues to work with state and local partners to... Read More
Starting Jan. 26, large farming operations in the U.S. must meet new federal rules intended to reduce the number of foodborne illnesses caused by contaminated produce. Read More