Advancing Meat and Poultry Safety
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) oversees the safety of meat and poultry products. Each year, an estimated 2 million foodborne illnesses are associated with eating meat or poultry, with bacteria and viruses causing many of these infections. The agency’s current approach to food safety is based on laws enacted in 1906 and 1957 and does not adequately protect Americans from many pathogens of greatest concern today.
The resources collected below are part of Pew’s ongoing research to assess strengths and weaknesses in the FSIS meat and poultry safety program and to identify ways to update the agency’s authority to address the modern-day risks in these products.
How and why pathogens emerge