Report: Despite food safety reforms, illnesses continue to rise

Almost 2,000 Americans fell ill from foods related to recalls in the past year, despite the passage of legislation to make food safer, according to a report from the U.S. Public Interest Group (U.S. PIRG).

Contaminated food – not just those linked to recalls – sickens approximately 48 million Americans annually and costs more than […]

Survey: Food safety concerns in the U.K. have decreased through the last decade

More people are concerned about the price, healthfulness, and nutritional aspects of food than the chance of getting a foodborne illness, according to a new study.

About 63 percent of those surveyed cited food prices as one of their main concerns, with 32 percent citing foodborne illness caused by pathogens such as E. coli and […]

CDC: STEC infections have declined since 2006, Salmonella infections have risen

Rates of infection from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) have fallen slightly in the past five years, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday.

In 2006, there were 590 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection caused by STEC. In 2011, the most recent available data, there were 463 infections, according to […]

GAO: FDA needs to update communication strategies

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs to revamp its communication strategies in regard to food recalls and outbreaks, according to a federal oversight agency.

The 61 page report, released yesterday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), states the FDA has yet to fully implement previous recommendations from GAO, including:

Creating a policy to […]

Report: Majority of consumers consider U.S. food supply safe, number of those who want more information on food labels up

Most U.S. consumers consider the food supply safe, but they still want more information, according to a survey released today.

The number of Americans who want more information on food labels has risen 6 percent in the last two years, according to an International Food Council survey.

About 24 percent of consumers indicated they would […]

USDA report: High percentage of corn and soybean crop planted

It was a race to beat the rain last week, as U.S. farmers worked to get corn and soybeans planted.

And they definitely worked – as of Monday, about 71 percent of the U.S. corn crop was planted. This is up from just 32 percent at the same time last year. About 24 percent of […]