Talking Turkey on Food Safety
Posted on February 09, 2015
The U.S. food supply is one of the safest in the world, yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that each year roughly:
- 48 million Americans (1 in 6) get sick from foodborne diseases,
- 128,000 are hospitalized, and
- 3,000 die.
- More of our food is imported,
- Consumers are eating more raw and minimally processed foods, and
- There are greater numbers of people (such as immune-compromised individuals) who are more susceptible to foodborne illnesses.
(Excerpted from GAO-14-744)USDA has taken several steps to reduce poultry contamination. As we reported in September 2014, USDA has
- revised down the amount of allowable salmonella contamination,
- publicized when chicken slaughter plants do not comply with salmonella standards,
- developed a salmonella Action Plan, and
- finalized a rule to modernize the poultry slaughter inspection process.
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