Make Our Food Safe
02/23/2011

"Osterholm: Food safety improvements overblown"

Minnesota Public Radio | Lorna Benson

"St. Paul, Minn. — A Minnesota infectious disease expert says the nation hasn't made any significant progress on food safety in a decade, despite what Americans may have heard in recent months.

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Even in areas where states have seen the most improvement -- for example the drop in diseases caused by meat and poultry -- Tauxe said most of those declines were recorded in the first part of the decade, and not recently.

That's the message that the public needs to hear, particularly as Congress and the president hammer out their spending priorities in the new budget, said Erik Olson, director of Food and Consumer Safety Programs at the Pew Health Group, a non-partisan research organization."

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