More Stringent Food Safety Regulations Needed to Curb Widespread Health Threats, Experts Say

Published By : 04 Nov 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Multistate outbreaks triggered by contaminated food is responsible for over half of all deaths caused due to foodborne diseases in the United States. The foodborne illnesses’ outbreak accounts for only 3 per cent of all outbreaks albeit, but its impact on the health and wellness of the population cannot be denied. 

The findings of the latest government surveys have impelled the U.S. health officials to ensure that the food industry in the country plays a larger role in preventing such multi-regional outbreaks, as told by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

In a news conference organized on Tuesday, CDC director Tom Frieden said that food standards should be improved so that the Americans do not have to worry about falling sick due to the food they eat. . 

According to reports, each year one out of every six Americans fall sick due to contaminated food. The food industries, said Tom Frieden therefore, should play a larger role in ensuring food safety for its citizens. 

CDC officials said that the food industry can help prevent such outbreak by maintaining a better record that allow officials to discover the trace of contaminated food faster, and alert consumers by calling for immediate recalls. 

Speaking about food safety, Frieden said that it can be improved from farm to table. He pointed out that improvement is needed in the whole process starting from growing to processing and finally shipping. The Food Safety Modernization Act of the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration and the new regulations laid down by the US Department of Agriculture calls for better management of food safety.  This is intended to prevent the most widespread multistate outbreaks such as E. coli, listeria, and salmonella. Moreover, the number of sickened people due to this outbreak are typically greater than what is reported. Hence, the legislation of and imposing stringent food safety norms will be in favor of the residents of US.

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