Foodborne Illness in the United States is Increasing

Kitchen Daily 10/24/12

The number of Americans suffering from contaminated food illness is increasing. According to a new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, tainted food outbreaks sicken approximately 48 million people every year.

As CNN reported, the group's report highlights a growing concern among food safety advocates. Despite the signing of the 2010 Food Safety Modernization Act, which aimed to hold food suppliers responsible for foodborne illness, outbreaks are getting worse. According to the report, the FDA has not been able to keep up with the increased demands for food inspections because of budget cuts for the Food and Drug Administration.

Recent food recalls include moon pies, peanut butter, cookies and other foods linked to potential Salmonella contamination. Popcorn and some cheese products have been recalled due to possible contamination by Listeria. And in early October, a beef recall tied to potential E. coli contamination affected 30 states and Canada.

To avoid getting sick from foodborne illness outbreaks, be sure to check out our guide to keeping leftovers and view the essential tips for keeping food fresh in the slideshow above.

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