Infectious Diseases 2021

Infectious Diseases 2021

IFSAC: the 2019 annual report on the sources of foodborne illnesses

16 October, 2021

Each year in the United States, an estimated 9 million people get sick, 56,000 are hospitalized and 1,300 die of foodborne disease caused by known pathogens. According to the report 29.7 % of outbreaks of salmonellosis are estimated to be linked to poultry (16.8% to chickens, 6.6% turkeys, 6.3% eggs).
Nearly two-thirds (64.7%) of non-Dairy campylobacter illnesses were attributed to Chicken, significantly higher than any other food category. The majority (36/64, 56%) of chicken-associated Campylobacter outbreaks were attributed to chicken liver products, which are not widely consumed in the United States. The attribution percentages before removing Dairy were Dairy 51.9%, Chicken 31.1%, Other Seafood 4.9%, Turkey 3.2% and Other Meat/Poultry 2.8%; they were less than 2% for other categories.
3.3% of Listeria outbreak cases were attributed to eggs. The Egg attribution comes from a multistate outbreak due to hard-boiled eggs detected in 2019, with cases during 2017-2019. 
The Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) is a collaboration between the CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS). The group was established in 2011 to improve coordination of federal food safety analytic efforts and address cross-cutting priorities for food safety data collection, analysis, and use.

 

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