A New Report by Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration Show the Sources of Foodborne Illnesses for 2016

The Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) was created in 2011 by three agencies—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) in order to improve coordination of federal food safety analytic efforts and address priorities for food safety data collection, analysis, and use. The IFSAC issued a new report estimating the degree to which specific foods are responsible for foodborne illnesses. For the report, IFSAC analyzed data from 1,000 foodborne disease outbreaks that occurred from 1998 through 2016 to assess which categories of foods were most responsible for Salmonella, E. coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter infections. The major findings were: Salmonella illnesses came from a wide variety of foods. E. coli O157 illnesses were most often linked to Vegetable (such as leafy greens) and Beef. Listeria monocytogenes illnesses were most often linked to Dairy products and Fruits. There was an increase in the estimated contribution of Listeria illnesses to Vegetable Row Crops from 3.4% in 2013 to 12.5 % in 2016 due to the impact of a large multi-state outbreak in 2015 linked to prepackaged lettuce. Campylobacter illnesses were most often linked to Chicken. Campylobacter outbreaks were also associated with unpasteurized milk. For 2016, the adjusted Chicken percentage increased from 9.5% to 30.3% after removing Dairy (raw milk). @ https://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/ConstituentUpdates/ucm625291.htm" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/ConstituentUpdates/ucm625291.htm
Release of a New Report on the Sources of Foodborne Illnesses for 2016 from the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration

Today, the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) released a report titled “Foodborne illness source attribution estimates for 2016 for Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter using multi-year outbreak surveillance data, United States.”

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