Foodborne Illness Outbreaks
Costly and preventable
Each year, foods contaminated with bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens sicken an estimated 48 million Americans and cause more than $15 billion in economic costs. These illnesses can be reduced significantly with prevention-based requirements for food producers and robust government oversight. Pew’s research and policy recommendations inform federal food safety regulators and the lawmakers who provide oversight and funding for their programs. This collection explores lessons learned from recent outbreaks and steps that producers and federal authorities have taken—or could take—to prevent future ones.