CDC reports increase in multi-state foodborne outbreaks

This graphic details the impact of multi-state foodborne outbreaks. | Courtesy of the CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that the number of outbreaks of foodborne illnesses across multiple states has increased in recent years, the organization announced Tuesday.

The CDC states that 120 outbreaks occurred between 2010 and 2014, as opposed to 34 outbreaks between 1995 and 1999.

“Americans should not have to worry about getting sick from the food they eat,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said. “Top-notch epidemiology and new gene sequencing tools are helping us quickly track down the source of foodborne outbreaks -- and together with our national partners, we are working with the food industry to prevent them from happening in the first place.”

Approximately 91 percent of outbreaks are caused by salmonella, listeria and e. coli. The CDC reports that only three percent of foodborne illness outbreaks cross state lines. Despite this, Vital Signs reports that 56 percent of recorded fatalities between 2010 and 2014 occurred during multi-state outbreaks.

With this information, the report states that the food industry and the health authorities at all government levels should be working together in understanding how food is produced and how they are distributed in order to better track contaminated products in an outbreak.

The CDC also calls for the food industry to play a key role in improving food safety and establishing best practices and ensuring that they are followed throughout supply chains.

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