CDC and Food Safety Newsletter

Updated October 28, 2021

Don’t Be Tricked by Unsafe Food This Halloween

Halloween candy in a basket

If you’re having candy or other Halloween treats this weekend, it’s important to keep food safety in mind. Make sure candy, baked goods, apples, and other snacks are safe by following these tips from Halloween Treats: Better Safe Than Scaryexternal icon.

Release of 2019 Annual Report on the Sources of Foodborne Illness

The Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration’s (IFSAC) newest report pdf icon[PDF – 14 pages], “Foodborne illness source attribution estimates for 2019 for Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter using multi-year outbreak surveillance data, United States,” is now available. The updated estimates, combined with other data, may help shape agency priorities and inform the creation of targeted interventions that may help reduce foodborne illnesses caused by these pathogens. As more data become available and methods evolve, attribution estimates may improve. These estimates are intended to inform and engage stakeholders and to improve federal agencies’ abilities to assess whether prevention measures are working. The methods used in this and prior annual reports are detailed in a peer-reviewed article in Emerging Infectious Diseases. IFSAC is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Celebrate One Health Day This November 3

November 3, 2021, marks the sixth annual One Health Day, a global campaign to bring attention to the need for a One Health approach to address health threats shared among people, animals, plants, and the environment.

A One Health approach can address public health concerns like food safety, antibiotic resistance, zoonotic diseases, vector-borne diseases, environmental health, mental health, and much more. Successful One Health efforts require a team approach involving professionals from human, animal, and environmental health, as well as other areas like agriculture and policy.

How you can participate:

  • Post about your One Health work on social media using #OneHealthDay.
  • Encourage and engage in communication and collaboration with partners across human, animal, and environmental sectors.
  • Share CDC’s resources on One Health.

Current Outbreaks Linked to Salmonella

CDC, with federal and state partners, is investigating several multistate foodborne and animal contact outbreaks linked to Salmonella. Learn more about these outbreaks and steps you can take to avoid getting sick.