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Resources - Select Foodborne Illness Media Articles

Media coverage of food safety and CDC’s work in preventing foodborne illness largely centers on coverage of multistate foodborne disease outbreaks. Each year, CDC also receives substantial coverage of our annual FoodNet Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) as well as a number of general media requests for specific tips for preventing foodborne illnesses.

Within the past year, a number of major-market stories have also run that detail emerging changes to food safety regulations and CDC’s role and collaboration with FDA and USDA in protecting the nation’s food supply.

The release of CDC's 2011 Estimates of Foodborne Illness in the United States generated substantial media coverage. The news media coverage portrayals were accurate and favorable with a few rare exceptions. A preliminary content analysis of a sample of 42 news stories (from a larger universe of 281 new stories) from national and regional news outlets, as well as editorials and blogs, showed that only three articles inappropriately compared the 1999 and 2011 estimates, with only one of these articles not offering an explanation for the change.

Coverage of the 2011 Estimates of Foodborne Illness in the United States

General Coverage

Coverage of Salmonella Enteriditis outbreak, Aug-Sept 2010

Coverage of E. Coli illnesses

Coverage of Foodborne Disease at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID)

Food Safety News: Response to FoodNet report from Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro