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Food Safety

almost half of multistate foodborne outbreaks result in product recalls.

Safer Food Saves Lives

Millions of Americans get sick from foodborne germs each year. Most foodborne outbreaks occur among small groups in a local setting. Outbreaks that make people in more than one state sick with the same germ are less common but more severe.

November 3, 2015

PulseNet Saves Lives and Money: A 20-year Success Story

PulseNet, a national network of public health laboratories, prevents an estimated 270,000 cases of food poisoning and saves half a billion dollars every year.

March 15, 2016

about 20 million get sick from norovirus each year

Preventing Norovirus Outbreaks

Most norovirus outbreaks from contaminated food occur in food service settings, according to a Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

June 3, 2014

graphic showing example foods where Listeria has been known to hide

Listeria Food Poisoning Striking Hard at Nation’s Most Vulnerable

Sometimes foods we love and count on for good health are contaminated with germs that cause serious illness and can be deadly for certain people. Listeria, while rare, is one of the most deadly germs spread by contaminated food.

June 4, 2013

Vibrio electron microscope image

New Food Safety Data for 2012

FoodNet report shows increases in some foodborne germs, no change in others

April 18, 2013

chickens in a backyard coop

Multiple Multistate Outbreaks of Human Salmonella Infections Linked to Live Poultry in Backyard Flocks

Salmonella infections don’t just come from contaminated food—they can come from contact with animals, too. Many Salmonella infections occur in people who have contact with certain types of animals.

February 25, 2013

red-eared slider turtle

Multistate Outbreaks of Human Salmonella Infections Linked to Small Turtles

Contact with reptiles (such as turtles, snakes, and lizards) and amphibians (such as frogs and toads) can be a source of human Salmonella infections. Salmonella germs are shed in the droppings of reptiles and amphibians and can easily contaminate their bodies and the water in tanks or aquariums where these animals live, which can spread to people.

September 7, 2012