04/10/2009 - Efforts to reduce the number of food-borne illnesses in the United States have stalled in the past three years, and some illnesses are on the upswing, giving new urgency to efforts to reform the nation's food safety system, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported yesterday.
"We need greater effort at all stages of movement of food in the food chain from farm to table" to prevent bacterial contamination, said Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the CDC's Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases.
"We had been moving in the right direction. We had been reducing some of these key food-borne illnesses, and something potentially significant has stopped that progress or reversed that progress," said Erik D. Olson, director of food and consumer product safety at the Pew Charitable Trusts, which is advocating for tougher food safety requirements for industry and stepped-up oversight by government regulators. "In some cases, like salmonella, we're double the  national objective. That says we've got a pretty serious issue here."
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