May 10, 2019

The CDC releases its annual report card for foodborne illness: 2018 did not have a passing grade

Food-borne illnesses killed 120 Americans last year and sickened 25,606 more, the Centers for Disease Control said in its annual report Thursday, acknowledging an increasing incidence of infection caused by eight major pathogens and a sharp uptick in the number of multi-state outbreaks.

The CDC logged 23 multi-state investigations last year, the most in at least a dozen years, tracking major E. coli outbreaks linked to romaine, a salmonella outbreak in eggs, raw beef products, frozen chicken and canned pork, as well as illnesses on individual food products from Kellogg’s Honey Smacks to I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter, Lebanon Bologna and Hy-vee Spring Pasta Salad.  Read more

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