"An estimated 76 million people in the United states are sickened annually by foodborne illnesses. Some cases are minor and cause only minor discomfort. Many are far more debilitating, and lead to about 5,000 deaths and about 325,000 hospitalizations each year. The cost of the illnesses is substantial. A new study puts the cost of the acute forms of the illnesses at about $152 billion a year in healthcare, worksite and other economic losses..."