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11 Years of Data Show Poultry, Fish, Beef Have Remained Leading Sources of Food-Related Outbreaks

Between 1998 and 2008, poultry, fish and beef were consistently responsible for the greatest proportion of foodborne illness outbreaks, according to a new government analysis. Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed the 13,405 food-related outbreaks reported during this time period, identifying 3,264 outbreaks that could be attributed to a specific food category…. Continue Reading

CDC Cut of $450 Million Will Likely Come at a Greater Cost

Sequestration is costing the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta about $450 million, or 8 percent of its total funding for fiscal year (FY) 2013. But since CDC is in the business of surveillance and prevention of infectious diseases, don’t look for the federal government to save any money in the long… Continue Reading

Outbreak Detection Since Jack in the Box: A Public Health Evolution

In 1993, 623 people in the western U.S. fell ill with a little-known bacteria called E. coli O157:H7. Ultimately, four children would die from their infections; many others suffered long-term medical complications. The bug was later traced to undercooked hamburger served at Jack in the Box restaurants. This outbreak thrust foodborne illness onto the national stage… Continue Reading

Government Reports Foodborne Illness Stats for 2009-2010

CDC reports 299 outbreaks; raw milk rising as cause

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have analyzed data on all foodborne illness outbreaks that occurred in 2009 and 2010, pinpointing the pathogens and foods that were most frequently the source of outbreaks. While many figures matched those from previous years, CDC found that outbreaks linked to raw dairy had increased, and the number… Continue Reading

No Quick Fixes for Outbreak Surveillance and Response

Many of us have experienced the frustration of learning of a foodborne disease outbreak and wondering why didn’t we know about it sooner, why we don’t know all the details we wanted to know, why the investigation wasn’t successful or why we weren’t informed of the final details. There are challenges to foodborne disease outbreak,… Continue Reading

Budget Cuts Continue to Erode Public Health Readiness

Federal and state budget cuts are taking a measurable toll on the food safety system, according to a new analysis by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Economic slowdown and widening deficits have led to scaling back programs that respond to foodborne illness outbreaks, bioterrorism, and other incidents, and, unfortunately, disasters… Continue Reading

Flawed State Reporting Leaves Consumers Vulnerable

Inconsistent reporting of foodborne illnesses among states leaves large portions of the country vulnerable to the spread of potentially deadly outbreaks before health officials can identify their causes and recall contaminated foods. Since 2006, Salmonella outbreaks from products such as eggs, cantaloupe and turkey burgers have sickened at least 6,000 people, resulting in more than… Continue Reading

House Ds Want Hearing on Emerging Pathogens

The leading Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are asking their Republican counterparts to hold a hearing on the public health threat posed by the rare and extremely virulent strain of E. coli responsible for the ongoing foodborne illness outbreak in Germany. Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Ranking Member of the committee, Rep…. Continue Reading