Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System

A newly published study of outbreaks linked to organic food concludes that while more data are needed to assess whether the risk is greater than for conventionally grown food, consumers should practice safe food handling in any case to avoid being sickened.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-fresh-produce-organic-sale-local-farmers-market-image42675100The study, from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,…

For those who want or need to look back at foodborne outbreak data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a useful tool. It’s called the Foodborne Outbreak Online Database Tool (FOOD Tool) and, on Tuesday, the agency revealed a shiny new version. Originally developed in 2009, the FOOD Tool includes…

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…

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…