US Outbreaks Linked to Imported Foods Increasing

In a March 14 news release by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it was reported that foodborne illness outbreaks associated with imported foods may be increasing.  The following is an excerpt from the article:

“CDC experts reviewed  outbreaks reported to CDC’s Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System from  2005-2010 for implicated foods that were imported into the United States.  During that five-year period, 39 outbreaks and 2,348 illnesses were linked to  imported food from 15 countries. Of those outbreaks, nearly half (17) occurred  in 2009 and 2010. Overall, fish (17 outbreaks) were the most common source of implicated  imported foodborne disease outbreaks, followed by spices (six outbreaks  including five from fresh or dried peppers). Nearly 45 percent of the imported  foods causing outbreaks came from Asia. “

The full text of the press release is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2012/p0314_foodborne.html

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About Les Bourquin

Professor and Food Safety Specialist Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Michigan State University
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