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.

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Since 2006, Salmonella outbreaks from products such as eggs, cantaloupe and turkey burgers have sickened at least 6,000

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Better use of information technology might help minimize the next big foodborne illness outbreak, says Daniel Castro of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).

Writing in the foundation’s newsletter, Castro says IT innovations could help public health officials identify and trace outbreaks more quickly.

“For example, if a

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