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CDC Releases Annual FoodNet Data on Foodborne Illness Rates

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) annual FoodNet report showed significant improvements in some of the major pathogens of concern. Infection from E. coli O157 decreased 32 percent when compared with 2006-2008 and 19 percent when compared with the most recent three years. Salmonella Typhimurium was 27 percent lower than it was in 2006-2008, continuing a downward trend begun in the mid-1980s. Overall illness rates, however, remained the same.

In response to the report, the Meat Institute sent out a release highlighting the positive findings as well as the importance of continuing to work with government agencies to reduce foodborne illness.

"The CDC data is another strong indication that industry and government efforts are working to reduce foodborne illnesses from major pathogens of concern, which is consistent with major declines in pathogen rates we've seen on meat and poultry products in recent years, said Betsy Booren, Ph.D., NAMI vice president of scientific affairs. "We're committed to working with the government to continue these improvements and seek out ways to lower foodborne illnesses across all foods."

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