CDC report shows ‘plateau’ in foodborne disease prevention

Source of Article:  www.meatingplace.com

 

By Ann Bagel Storck on 4/10/2009

 

The incidence of the most common foodborne illnesses has changed very little over the past three years, according to a 10-state report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The findings are from 2008 data reported by the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet), a collaborative project of CDC, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and 10 state sites.

Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, Listeria, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157, Salmonella, Shigella, Vibrio and Yersinia did not change significantly when compared to the previous three years (2005-2007), the latest data showed. Although there have been significant declines in the incidence of some foodborne infections since surveillance began in 1996, these declines all occurred before 2004.

"We have reached a plateau in the prevention of foodborne disease, and there must be new efforts to develop and evaluate food safety practices from the farm to the table," said Robert Tauxe, deputy director of CDC's Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases

"We have worked hard to reduce contamination in FSIS-regulated products and have seen marked success in Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes," said David Goldman, assistant administrator of FSIS. "We are concerned about the lack of progress in reducing the incidence of foodborne illness and believe this report points to the need for better information about sources of infection."

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