It is every parent’s nightmare – standing by helplessly at the bedside of a seriously ill child. While the American food safety system is the best in the world, serious outbreaks of disease from contaminated food have continued to afflict and threaten the health and safety of Americans. It is estimated that one in four Americans suffers from a foodborne illness each year. Children and older people are particularly at risk.
- Strengthening "traceback" so that contaminated food is quickly identified and removed from shelves and that people get quick information about problems;
- Instituting a new salmonella rule to prevent contamination in the egg industry;
- Issuing new FDA guidance to prevent e. coli O157:H7 contamination of leafy greens, melon, and tomatoes; and
- Implementing more thorough inspections to prevent e. coli and other pathogens at facilities that handle beef.