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CDC Releases Report Addressing Multistate Foodborne Outbreaks

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the “Vital Signs: Multistate Foodborne Outbreaks” report, which analyzed data from CDC’s Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System to describe mulstiate foodborne outbreaks that occurred in the U.S. from 2010 through 2014. The report found that multistate foodborne outbreaks accounted for three percent of all U.S. foodborne outbreaks in 2010-2014, but were responsible for more than one third of hospitalizations and 56 percent of deaths associated with foodborne illness outbreaks. Salmonella, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli and Listeria monocytogenes were the leading pathogens linked to these outbreaks. The report revealed traceback investigations to identify the food origin were conducted for 87 outbreaks, of which 55 led to a product recall, while imported foods were linked to 18 multistate outbreaks. An average of 24 multistate outbreaks were reported per year between 2010 and 2014, each involving from two to 37 states.

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