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Food Safety Expert: Americans Not Aware of Ongoing Risk & Complications of Salmonella Poisoning
Date:3/12/2009

National Survey Reveals Growing Concern Over What's Safe to Eat and Who's Most At Risk

LANSING, Ill., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- With the advent of new food safety legislation under debate in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, a new national survey reveals that Americans are more concerned than ever when it comes to choosing what's safe to eat, yet are alarmingly unaware of the long-term side effects of Salmonella, one of the most common food-borne illnesses.

Conducted by TNS Global and National Pasteurized Eggs (NPE), the survey of 1,000 Americans revealed almost half (47 percent) are more concerned about food safety than they were before last year's peanut butter-related Salmonella outbreak. However, more than 87 percent of Americans cannot identify the more serious, long-term affects of Salmonella poisoning, such as heart damage, joint pain, bone marrow infection and even meningitis.

More surprisingly, most didn't know which groups or who is most at risk. According to the survey, nearly half of all Americans are unaware that preschool children and pregnant women are at high risk for long-term complications from Salmonella illness, which is responsible for 1.4 million illnesses, 15,000 hospitalizations and 400 deaths in the U.S. annually, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Americans Still Eating Undercooked Eggs

"Most Americans can accurately identify the troublesome short-term risks, but not necessarily long-term side effects of Salmonella exposure, or the groups most at risk for complications from even a mild case of the disease," said Jeff Nelken, a food safety expert based in California. "In order to be safe consumers of food, we need to be aware of the foods that can lead to Salmonella poisoning."

According to the study, more than 93 percent of Americans consume eggs, potentially one of the most
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