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Attorney Fred Pritzker Calls for Meaningful Food Safety Reform in Light of Food Poisoning Complications
Date:11/20/2009

According to Fred Pritzker, a national food safety lawyer, a recent study of long-term, negative health effects of food poisoning should be a powerful catalyst for more meaningful food safety reform. “This study amplifies the true misery associated with foodborne illness,” said Pritzker.

(PRWEB) November 20, 2009 -- The numbers are staggering: Each year in the United States food poisoning causes 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths. This translates into premature death, immeasurable loss of productivity and $6.9 billion in medical costs. One-third of this sum is attributable to food poisoning in children under the age of 10.

An important new study by the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention of Grove City, Pennsylvania, concludes justifiably that the United States needs to start tracking the long-term health consequences of food poisoning involving five separate pathogens: E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria monocytogenes and Toxoplasma gondi.

The study found that these five organisms may increase the risk of serious, long-term complications such as paralysis (Guillain-Barre Syndrome), kidney failure (hemolytic uremic syndrome), mental retardation, diabetes, arthritis, heart problems, sepsis, stroke, visual impairment and hearing impairment.

There is a great deal of uncertainty about the scope of the problem because the links between long-term health problems and prior food poisoning have not been adequately studied and foodborne illness is underreported.

“This study amplifies the true misery associated with foodborne illness,” said Fred Pritzker, a national food safety attorney. “The long term effects of foodb
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