One in six Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. This leads to 3,000 deaths annually. FDA recalls of produce and processed food increased 2% from 2013 to 2018, while hazardous meat recalls increased by 83 percent.
The report suggests the FDA start testing “water used for irrigation or watering of produce for hazardous pathogens.” According to the USDA and FDA, food safety inspectors are still at work despite the partial government shutdown. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, via Twitter The increase in food recalls has been linked to improved technology. More improvements are planned to help the food supply chain become pathogen-free.
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