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Following a December 24, 2009 recall of 248,000 pounds of mechanically tenderized steaks that sickened 21 consumers in 16 states, nine of whom were hospitalized, consumer groups are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to require labeling identifying all mechanically tenderized meat products; to include these products in its sampling program; and to inform the public and restaurants about the need for adequate cooking of these products.
As the recent outbreaks of illnesses linked to contaminated spinach, peanut butter, and cookie dough underscore, the safety of our food supply is a major issue facing policymakers and regulators in the United States. While decision-makers grapple with strategies for improving the safety of our food supply, there are a number of things Americans can do – in their homes – to decrease the chances that you and your family will get foodborne illnesses.
Foodborne illness causes 76 million Americans to fall sick, 325,000 Americans to be hospitalized, and 5,000 Americans to die each year. Recent foodborne illness outbreaks linked to contaminated foods highlight the inadequacies of our current food safety system. Learn what groups like NCL are doing to help improve the safety of our foods.