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ADA releases position paper on food and water safety
Date:7/31/2009

lies in the world, "yet food-related illnesses impose an increasingly important public health problem. It is estimated that 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths result from foodborne disease annually, with a cost of $23 billion. High-risk populations (the very young; elderly; pregnant; and immunocompromised due to medical conditions such as diabetes, renal diseases and chemical and radiological treatments) experience the most serious consequences of foodborne illnesses," the authors write.

"New food and water safety issues evolve as the environment changes," according to the authors. "Recent food- and waterborne illnesses have occurred in new settings and/or unique foods not traditionally associated with foodborne illness outbreaks. New issues associated with food safety and security that have emerged support the need for continued education and research."

The authors cite "powerful tools" developed by the U.S. government, such as FoodNet and PulseNet, to detect food- and waterborne illness outbreaks in the United States. "These government programs have provided the data to enhance public policy and educational programs such as FightBac! Mandatory and voluntary adoption of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points in the foodservice and processing industries have contributed to a decrease in foodborne illness outbreaks from traditional foods and some microorganisms usually associated with foodborne illnesses."


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Contact: Jennifer Starkey
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312-899-4802
American Dietetic Association
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