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

orne Illness are like a time bomb. Even after the acute symptoms improve, parents need to be watchful and realize that children may have a lifetime of problems.”

According to Pritzker, this study of the long-term negative health effects of foodborne illness should be a powerful catalyst for more meaningful food safety reform.

Here are brief summaries of the pathogens and correlating long-term health hazards:

Campylobacter infection afflicts millions of Americans and hospitalizes over ten thousand annually. It is associated with Guillain-Barr syndrome (GBS), the most common cause of neuromuscular paralysis in the United States. GBS can result in permanent disabilities and many patients require long-term care.

E. coli O157:H7 can lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), the leading cause of acute kidney failure in children in the United States. HUS can lead to death or long-term health complications such as end-stage kidney disease, neurological complications and other disabling conditions.

Listeria monocytogenes, the leading cause of foodborne illness deaths in the United States, infects thousands of Americans every year and has been associated with infections of the brain and spinal cord, resulting in serious, long-term neurological dysfunctions and impaired ability to see, hear, speak or swallow. Most reported cases of listeriosis occur in children under the age of 4, but most of the deaths are in the elderly population. In pre
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