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While food safety regulations stall, more Americans fall ill – and even die – from preventable foodborne illnesses.
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Foodborne pathogens cause hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths in the United States every year.

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Reader's Digest: The Dangers in Our Food Supply Are Worse Than You Think

Media Coverage Apr 14, 2014 Food Safety
All his life, Paul Schwarz had been active and healthy. When his family imagined the various ways that the decorated veteran of World War II might eventually die, they never imagined that the cause would be a piece of cantaloupe.

Journal-Sentinel: Illness Linked to Crave Brothers Soft Cheese Caused by Unsanitary Conditions, CDC Reports

In the News Apr 7, 2014 Food Safety
An illness outbreak from a Wisconsin cheesemaker that was linked to one death and a miscarriage likely was caused by substantial sanitation deficiencies in the cheese-making process, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Vermont Public Radio: Child's Salmonella Experience Drives Mother's Action On Food Safety

In the News Feb 19, 2014 Food Safety
Gabrielle Meunier's 7-year-old son became ill from a salmonella infection in 2008. She visited Washington D.C. recently to meet with members of the Vermont delegation about the Food Safety Modernization Act. She spoke with Vermont Edition about the meeting, and her son's experience with a foodborne illness. More

Raleigh News and Observer: Girl Fights to Save Others from Foodborne Illness

Media Coverage Feb 3, 2014 Food Safety

Dana Dziadul has been fighting since she was 3 years old, but don’t bother telling her mother. First, Dana, now 16, was fighting for her life after getting debilitatingly ill from bad cantaloupe she ate when she was 3. Now, she’s fighting to ensure that other children don’t suffer the same fate that befell her – or a worse one.


WSB-TV: Parents Storm Capitol Hill for Safer Food

Media Coverage Jan 31, 2014 Food Safety
Frustrated parents gathered on Capitol Hill demanding safer food Wednesday. Jacqueline Fell talked with parents who had to watch their kids get sick from food that may very well be sitting in your refrigerator right now. More

The Oregonian: Portland Cop Lobbying Congress for Food Safety Funding

Media Coverage Jan 31, 2014 Food Safety
A Portland cop turned advocate is back in the U.S. capital this week, urging Congress to support funding for a crackdown on food safety. Officer Peter Hurley has met with two Oregon lawmakers, and has another meeting on Thursday. So far, the reaction has been mixed, Hurley said. More

Victims of Foodborne Illness Tell Congress: Don't Forget Your Commitment to Make Our Food Safer

Other Resource Jan 27, 2014 Food Safety

Victims of foodborne illness from 10 states are visiting Capitol Hill the week of January 27, asking their members of Congress to support the full funding and implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The advocates include children and adults who were sickened by foods they ate as well as sons and daughters who lost beloved parents to infections caused by contaminated products.


Pew Commends Rep. Latham on New Food Safety Funding

Press Release Jun 14, 2013 Food Safety

The Pew Charitable Trusts commends Representative Tom Latham (R-IA) for his leadership in securing approximately $27 million for food safety in the House appropriations bill funding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA. The new money would help the FDA protect millions of Americans from the dangers of foodborne illnesses and strengthen consumer confidence in the food supply.


Too Slow

Report Apr 2, 2013 Food Safety

A multistate outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg infections linked to ground turkey in 2011 sickened 136 people, causing 37 hospitalizations and one death. The Pew Charitable Trusts' analysis of the outbreak found numerous inadequacies in the foodborne illness surveillance system that, if addressed, could help to prevent illnesses and, in some cases, deaths.


''Feds Indict 4 in Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak''

In the News Feb 21, 2013 Food Safety

A federal grand jury indicted four former employees of a peanut company linked to a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds, leading to one of the largest recalls in history.


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