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Title:

When Good Food Goes Bad: Strengthening the US Response to Foodborne Disease Outbreaks

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Authors:
Jennifer B. Nuzzo, Samuel B. Wollner, Ryan C. Morhard, Tara Kirk Sell, Anita J. Cicero, Thomas V. Inglesby.
Date posted:
March 01, 2013
Publication type:
Report
Publication:

Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, March 1, 2013

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Introduction:
Foodborne illness sickens or kills an extraordinary number of people each year. It also has great economic costs. Last year, an outbreak linked to contaminated cantaloupe in the United States sickened 146 and killed 30. In 2011, another outbreak in Germany that was eventually linked to contaminated sprouts, sickened more than 4,000 and caused at least 50 deaths. Foodborne disease outbreak response is a critical part of reducing the consequences of outbreaks that will occur in the future. If public health officials can more quickly recognize when a foodborne illness outbreak has occurred and identify the food causing the outbreak, lives can be saved and economic losses averted. The lessons learned from outbreak investigations can be used by industry and government to address the underlying causes of contamination that lead to illness, thus making food safer for everyone.

 

 

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