CDC: Tainted Food Sickens 1 in 6 Every Year

Publication: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Author: Marie McCullough


12/20/2010 - About 48 million Americans, one in six, get sick each year from tainted food, including 128,000 who have to be hospitalized and 3,000 who die, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The new estimates, issued last week, are timely. Legislation that would strengthen the Food and Drug Administration's role in preventing foodborne illness is close to final passage but also in trouble in Congress.The bill was part of a controversial omnibus spending bill.

Erik D. Olson, director of food programs for the Pew Charitable Trusts' Health Group, hopes to see it revived.

"We believe foodborne illness is preventable if we put our minds to it," Olson said.

In many ways, he said, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is as big a deal as the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, which gained traction from Upton Sinclair's exposé of sickening practices in Chicago slaughterhouses.

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