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  • 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

  • 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

  • The U.S. Meat Safety System Just Turned 101—It’s Time to Modernize

    Enacted with President Theodore Roosevelt’s signature on June 30, 1906, the Federal Meat Inspection Act was a leap forward for beef and pork safety, and Congress applied essentially the same inspection rules to poultry five decades later. But the laws have barely been updated since. As a result, despite vast changes in the health risks that these products pose to consumers, the federal meat... Read More

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