In a little less than two years, recalled foods have been linked to 1,753 illnesses, 464 hospitalizations and at least 37 deaths and have cost the public $227 million in health costs, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.
In a report that U.S. PIRG calls a ‘snapshot look” at foodborne illness in the U.S. from January 2011 to September 2012, the group looks at outbreaks that involved cantaloupe, ground turkey, papaya, mangoes, raw tuna and peanut butter, all of which were recalled after being linked to ongoing outbreaks. The report concludes that things are not getting better in the U.S. when it comes to foodborne illnesses. In fact, they are getting worse.
"We were finding that deaths, for example, from foodborne illness or intestinal infections goes up from anywhere between 50% and 100%, so a doubling in some instances."
That's what Jonathan Klick, a University of Pennsylvania Law professor states in reference to what he says is a major public health risk: jurisdictions enacting plastic bag bans that result in the increased use of reusable bags. Citing unshown and unpublished data from San Francisco, Klick also says "More people are showing up in the emergency rooms, and it turns out they have E. coli infections…"
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