Make Our Food Safe
03/14/2012

"Study: Imported Food Increasingly Causing US Illness"

Voice of America | Steve Baragona

"Imported food is making Americans sick more frequently than ever, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC.  The increase in illness comes as the U.S. increases its consumption of food from other countries.

The study looked at disease outbreaks linked to imported food between 2005 and 2010.  It found that the rate of outbreaks had more than doubled, to 6.5 per year, compared with an earlier study.

Food from Asia was the leading source of the outbreaks, followed by Latin America.

According to CDC spokeswoman Lola Russel, one category of food stood out. 'Overall, there were 17 outbreaks related to fish, and they were the most common source of the implicated foodborne disease outbreaks that we found, followed by spices,' she said..."

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