Yay, More Recalls
We should totally be happy about all these food recalls and food-borne disease outbreaks. Well, we should be glad we know about them, at least.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control Over show that illnesses during outbreaks declined by more than half from 1998 to 2014, from about 27,156 cases to 13,287.
Food safety advocates say those gains are due to better legislation.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law in 2011, made sweeping changes to the way the government tracks outbreaks, sends alerts and issues recalls.
The law, which is slowly going into effect, gives the government more oversight, allows them to force companies to take more responsibility for testing and to force companies to take action if diseases are detected in their factories.
Compare and Contrast
New rules to crack down on E. coli were implemented after a 1993 outbreak at Jack in the Box restaurants infected 732 people.
The rules allowed inspectors to test more products and gave them the power to recall products if inspectors even suspect contamination.
The difference, say advocates, is that salmonella is not subject to the same rule
E. coli is considered to be a food “adulterant,” but salmonella doesn’t get that label because it occurs so commonly.