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Food Illness Accountability Undermines Food Safety Overhaul: Food Safety Legislation Propped up by Antiquated Estimates Rather Than CDC Data
Date:7/28/2009

Foodborne illness is underreported, but 12 years of CDC FoodNet data collection confirms a difference of tens of millions between estimated and reported cases of food illness. The CDC, legislators and other public officials continue to use 10-year-old, non-substantiated estimates as the basis for recommending and funding national foodborne illness policy. When HR 2749 - Food Safety Overhaul - comes to the House floor this week, the Association for Food Illness Accountability asks legislators, "Why is the United States using ten-year-old estimates rather than documented cases to develop food safety strategies and legislation? If we are to solve the problem of foodborne illness we must accurately define the problem, be it the farm, the factory, or the home fridge."

Memphis, TN (PRWEB) -- Legislators are ignoring more than a decade's worth of CDC collected data as Rep. John Dingell's Food Safety bill HR 2749 moves to the House floor. The newly formed Association for Food Illness Accountability is asking why policy makers are relying on an unsubstantiated 1999 report when CDC's Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) confirms a discrepancy of tens of millions of cases of foodborne illness.

Despite the strides of FoodNet and the requirements of most states to report foodborne illness, the CDC and many legislators continue to quote a 1999 report, "Food-Related Illness and Death in the United States"
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