Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Salmonella Cases Rising

The Washington Post reported, "Food poisoning cases caused by salmonella have increased by 10 percent in recent years, despite widespread campaigns to educate consumers and foodmakers about food preparation and handling, according to" data from the annual food safety report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
USA Today reported, "The latest federal FoodNet report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that total food-borne-illness cases dropped by nearly a quarter in the past decade and a half, but salmonella infections have steadily refused to drop, climbing slightly in recent years." The report "collected 2010 outbreak data and lab results from 10 states, and directly identified 4,200 hospitalizations and 68 deaths from nine food-borne diseases. Salmonella, a group of roughly 2,500 strains of intestinal bacteria, was responsible for most of those cases, including 23 of the deaths."

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