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Get key statistics and information about CDC's food safety program, and see archived press releases and media statements.

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Press Releases and Media Statements

2014

CDC’s Vital Signs: Norovirus is the leading cause of outbreak from contaminated food
June 3, 2014

CDC data show limited progress in reducing foodborne infections in 2013
April 17, 2014

Salmonella data now at your fingertips
March 26, 2014

2013

Infections from some foodborne germs increased, while others remained unchanged in 2012
April 18, 2013

CDC Telebriefing on New Food Safety data
April 18, 2013

Digital Press Kit: New Food Safety Data for 2012
April 18, 2013

CDC research shows outbreaks linked to imported foods increasing
March 14, 2013

2012

Special FoodNet Supplement in Clinical Infectious Diseases: FoodNet in 2012 – A Foundation for Food Safety in the United States
May 10, 2012

Majority of dairy-related disease outbreaks linked to raw milk
February 21, 2012

2011

FDA and CDC Update: Investigation of Cronobacter bacteria illness in infants
December 30, 2011

Food Safety Agencies Announce Public Meeting to Discuss Foodborne Illness Attribution Estimates; Workgroup and Draft Strategic Plan Also to be Unveiled
December 29, 2011

Obama administration releases food safety tips, new report on efforts to protect consumers from foodborne illness
December 21, 2011

Multistate Outbreak of Listeria Associated with Cantaloupes

  • CDC-FDA Media Briefing on the Jensen Farms Environmental Assessment Related to the Listeria Outbreak, October 19, 2011
    Transcript [PDF - 29 pages] | Audio
  • Update on Multistate Outbreak of Listeria Associated with Cantaloupes, September 28, 2011
    Transcript | Audio

CDC Releases Report on Foods and Foodborne agents associated with Outbreaks in the United States
September 8, 2011

No Progress in Salmonella During Past 15 Years
June 7, 2011

CDC Identifies 10 Public Health Achievements of First Decade of 21st Century
May 19, 2011

2010

CDC Reports 1 in 6 Get Sick from Foodborne Illnesses Each Year
December 15, 2010

CDC Report looks at Foods and Foodborne agents associated with Outbreaks in the United States
August 12, 2010

CDC Report Shows Success in Fighting E. coli O157:H7
April 15, 2010

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Formatted Articles

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Foodborne Illness Publications

Looking for CDC Publications? Search the Stacks!

Special FoodNet Supplement in Clinical Infectious Diseases: FoodNet in 2012 – A Foundation for Food Safety in the United States
The supplement includes preliminary surveillance data for 2011 data on the most current trends in overall foodborne illness incidence with a comparison to the data from 1996 to 1998, the first three years of surveillance; trends in specific pathogens, such as listeria; data on infections linked to travel and animal contact; gender differences in food consumption from the 2006-2007 FoodNet Population Survey; and the effect of new testing methods on tracking foodborne illness in the future.

Surveillance Reports
FoodNet, Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System, National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, National Laboratory-based Surveillance (Salmonella, Shigella, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli), National Case-based Surveillance (Botulism, Cholera and Other Vibrio Illnesses, Typhoid and Paratyphoid Fever)

Peer-reviewed Publications
Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch, including FoodNet

MMWR Articles
Outbreak Investigations, Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks, Trends in Foodborne Illness, Notes from the Field

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Medscape Commentaries

CDC Expert Commentaries on Medscape are part of a collaboration between CDC and Medscape. They are designed to deliver CDC's authoritative guidance directly to Medscape's physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals.

Dr. Benjamin Silk presents key information on Listeriosis in the aftermath of the large 2011 outbreak - Medscape - MedscapeSpotlight on Invasive listeriosis After the 2011 Outbreak
February 27, 2012
Dr. Benjamin Silk presents key information on listeriosis in the aftermath of the large 2011 outbreak.

The Major Foodborne Illness Outbreaks of 2011 - MedscapeThe Major Foodborne Illness Outbreaks of 2011
December 19, 2011
This slideshow highlights outbreaks and other events related to food safety that occurred in 2011.

Dr. Rajal Mody - Hold the Raw Sprouts, Please - MedscapeHold the Raw Sprouts, Please
September 6, 2011
CDC Expert Dr. Rajal Mody discusses the health risks of eating raw sprouts.

Schaffner's interview on medscapeSavvy about Salmonella?
July 26, 2011
Vanderbilt University expert Dr. William Schaffner tackles key questions about Salmonella.

Dr. Thomas R. Frieden - Three Winnable Battles and Other Wars - MedscapeThree Winnable Battles and Other Wars: A Talk With Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH
July 15, 2011
CDC Director discusses key public health issues. (Scroll to discussion about E.coli Threat and Investing in Food Safety.)

Rob Tauxe - Don't Get Raw Milk - MedscapeGot Milk? Don’t Get Raw Milk! A Cautionary Tale. 
May 16, 2011
CDC expert Dr. Rob Tauxe discusses the dangers of raw milk.

Barbara Mahon - Foodborne Illness - MedscapeFoodborne Illness: A Handy Overview
January 24, 2011
CDC expert Dr. Barbara Mahon discusses the serious and widespread nature of foodborne illness.

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