Infectious Diseases 2021

Infectious Diseases 2021

USA: Controlling salmonella top priority

6 October, 2021

Sandra Eskin, the Agriculture deputy undersecretary for food safety and the top food safety official at USDA, said today, that reducing infections from salmonella is her top priority.
In a virtual speech to the Consumer Federation National Food Policy Conference, Eskin said the incidence of illness from salmonella, which the Centers for Disease Control says causes about 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations, and 420 deaths in the United States every year, has not decreased since 2000, and it is time to change policy.
Eskin said ”Eggs and poultry are the most common sources of salmonella".
The goal at present is a 20% reduction in salmonella infections, which can enter the bloodstream and affect tissues throughout the body. So far, she said, USDA has focused on updating guidelines for raw products.