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CDC FoodNet Data Shows Little Change in the Incidence of Foodborne Infections

Friday, April 10, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

A 10-state report released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows little change in the incidence of some foodborne infections for 2008 when compared to the preceding three years.  The findings are from 2008 data reported to the CDC as part of the agency′s Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, FoodNet.

Campylobacter, Listeria, Salmonella, Shigella, E.coli O157, Vibrio and Yersinia did not change significantly when compared to the previous three years. The report notes that although there have been significant declines in the incidence of some foodborne infections since surveillance began in 1996, these declines all occurred before 2004.

In an “editorial note,” the report comments that efforts to reduce contamination in meat and poultry are ongoing and cites a 2006 Food Safety and Inspection Service program aimed at preventing Salmonella contamination of meat and poultry.  The report says that “industry response to the program has resulted in a decrease in the percent positive rate for Salmonella in raw broiler chickens from 11.4 percent in 2006 to 7.3 percent in 2008.”

The full report, “Preliminary FoodNet Data on the Incidence of Infection with Pathogens Transmitted Commonly Through Food – 10 States, United States, 2007” appears in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (April 10, 2009) and is available online at  http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5813a2.htm?s_cid=mm5813a2_e

To learn more about FoodNet, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/foodnet/.

For more information about foodborne infections, visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/foodborneinfections_g.htm.

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