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Safe Food Project

Food contaminated with pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella causes an estimated 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths annually in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The U.S. is not making enough progress in reducing these preventable diseases, and outdated federal meat and poultry inspection laws are a main reason. Pew is working to modernize the U.S. food safety system for these products so that it better reflects current risks to human health and relies on scientific and technological advancements.

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Food Safety From Farm to Fork

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Contaminated meat and poultry products are responsible for an estimated 2 million illnesses in the United States each year, and amount to more than 40 percent of all bacterial foodborne diseases. The annual cost of illnesses—for instance, direct medical costs, lost income, and productivity—attributable to consumption of these foods has been estimated at about $2.5 billion for poultry, $1.9 billion for pork, and $1.4 billion for beef.

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Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

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Each year, foods contaminated with bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens sicken an estimated 48 million Americans and cause between $15 billion to more than $70 billion in health-related costs. These illnesses can be significantly reduced if producers and regulators adopt prevention-based strategies to decrease the risk of contamination that can make people sick. Pew’s research and policy recommendations inform researchers, the food industry, federal food safety regulators, and the lawmakers who provide oversight and funding for food safety programs. This collection explores lessons learned from recent outbreaks, and steps that producers and federal authorities have taken—or could take—to prevent future ones.

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Faces of Foodborne Illness

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Faces of Foodborne Illness

Foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria infect millions of Americans each year, causing lasting health problems for many.