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Food Poisoning Facts

 


  • People get foodborne poisoning when they consume contaminated foods or beverages.
  • About 1 in 6 Americans (approximately 48 million) gets food poisoning each year.
  • About 128,000 Americans are hospitalized due to food poisoning each year.

  • About 3,000 Americans die as a result of food poisoning each year. 

 

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The Iowa Food Safety and Defense Task Force is a group of individuals and organizations interested in food safety and defense.  The Task Force members include federal, state, and local government agencies; commodity groups; food related trade associations; food producers; academia; and others.  The Task Force meets 3 to 4 times per year.  The Task Force also sponsors educational opportunities each year.


Food Safety News

February 17, 2018
Pilgrim’s Pride recalls 50 tons of chicken patties for rubber bits
Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. is recalling more than 50 tons of ready-to-eat chicken patties from schools and other institutions nationwide after a consumer complained of finding rubber in the product. The 101,310 pounds of Gold Kist Farms breaded chicken patties, produced Sept. 2, 2017, are packed in 30-pound boxes with six 5-pound bags inside. The packaging... Continue Reading
February 17, 2018
FDA, Smucker don’t agree on which dog foods are problem
The Food and Drug Administration alerted pet owners Friday about potential pentobarbital contamination in several brands of dog foods manufactured by The J.M. Smucker Co. The warning came after a media outlet reported the results of a study that found low levels of pentobarbital in some samples of Gravy Train canned dog food. The drug... Continue Reading
February 14, 2018
Pork and chicken empanadas recalled for undeclared allergen
Linden, NJ-based Saker ShopRites Inc. is recalling 19,757 pounds of pork and chicken empanadas because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The products contain egg, a known allergen, which is not listed in the ingredient statement on the label. The fully cooked... Continue Reading
February 14, 2018
FDA, state investigate Darwin’s pet food after illnesses, death
The Food and Drug Administration and the Washington State Department of Agriculture are investigating what FDA describes as a “pattern of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination in raw pet foods manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc.” FDA has received a total of six complaints of illness in animals who were fed the raw pet foods, including... Continue Reading
 

 

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