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 The U.S. is not making enough progress in reducing these preventable diseases, and outdated federal meat and poultry inspection laws are a main reason.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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An ongoing outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg infection linked to contact with cattle has left 46 people sick in 14 states, 15 of whom are younger than 5. The cases have been linked to contact with cattle, in particular male calves born to dairy cows, with some of the patients reportedly falling ill after their calves became sick. The affected cattle have been traced back to... Read More
An ongoing multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to imported Maradol papayas from Mexico has resulted in more illnesses than any other U.S. outbreak in 2017 so far. More than 200 people from 23 states have been connected to this outbreak, and one death has been reported. Papayas sourced from a number of farms in Mexico have been identified as the likely outbreak source. However, the... Read More
For those who produce our food and oversee its safety, understanding how and why a foodborne disease outbreak occurred is a vital step in avoiding future ones and reducing the estimated 48 million illnesses caused each year by Salmonella, E. coli, and other microorganisms. The Pew Charitable Trusts is working with federal food safety officials, representatives of food companies, and other experts... Read More