FDA's Top Food Official: Increase In Foodborne Illness Incidence 'Frustrating'

April 02, 2018
FDA’s top food official expressed frustration that, despite years of work by the agency to promote U.S. food safety, recent data show foodborne illness rates have increased by 10 percent or more for several pathogens. Stephen Ostroff, FDA's deputy commissioner for food and veterinary medicine, admitted the agency is far off from meeting HHS food safety goals, but said he hopes illness rates will drop as Food Safety Modernization Act compliance increases. He also cautioned that foodborne illness trends aren’t...

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