Are the numbers of foodborne illnesses really as high as it seems?
Mainstream media uses foodborne illness stories to notify the public about safety recalls. And while this route is necessary to let consumers know if a recall has occurred, the limited number of people that become fatally ill from food could be taken out of context. The industry continues to work on traceability of products to limit the time contaminated products are on the market. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “CDC’s FoodNet surveillance system data, which tracks trends among common foodborne pathogens, has documented a decrease of 20 percent in illnesses from key pathogens during the past 10 years.”