Safer food saves lives : stopping multistate foodborne outbreaks
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Safer food saves lives : stopping multistate foodborne outbreaks

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    CDC Vital signs ; 2015 November
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    Contaminated food sent to several states can make people sick with the same germ. These multistate outbreaks cause serious illness, and more of these outbreaks are being found. Multistate outbreaks caused 56% of deaths in all reported foodborne outbreaks, although they accounted for just 3% of all such outbreaks from 2010 to 2014. Foods that cause multistate outbreaks are contaminated before they reach a restaurant or home kitchen. Investigating these outbreaks often reveals problems on the farm, in processing or in distribution that resulted in contaminated food. Lessons learned from these outbreaks are helping make food safer. To protect the public’s health, government at all levels and food industries need to work together to stop outbreaks and keep them from happening in the first place. Food industries can: • Keep records to trace foods from source to destination. • Use store loyalty card and distribution records to help investigators identify what made people sick. • Recall products linked to an outbreak and notify customers. • Choose only suppliers that use food safety best practices. • Share proven food safety solutions with others in industry. • Make food safety a core part of company culture. • Meet or exceed new food safety laws and regulations. CS259869-A 2015-11-vitalsigns.pdf
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