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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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  • Pew: Safer Meat Requires Reducing Risks Where Food Animals Are Raised

    WASHINGTON—Wider use of evidence-based food safety interventions on farms and feedlots would significantly reduce the risk of people getting sick from contaminated meat and poultry, according to a report released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The report, “Food Safety From Farm to Fork,” examines potential means to prevent foodborne illnesses by investing in strategies to... Read More

  • Food Safety Starts on the Farm

    Americans continue to be sickened by meat and poultry products contaminated with harmful bacteria. Microorganisms in these foods cause an estimated 2 million illnesses in the United States each year. Infection rates for some major pathogens, such as Salmonella, have been essentially unchanged for decades. Read More

  • Food Safety From Farm to Fork

    Contaminated meat and poultry products are responsible for an estimated 2 million illnesses in the UnitedStates each year, and amount to more than 40 percent of all bacterial foodborne diseases. The annual cost ofillnesses—for instance, direct medical costs, lost income, and productivity—attributable to consumption ofthese foods has been estimated at about $2.5 billion for poultry,... Read More

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Personal stories from foodborne illness victims.

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