The CDC estimates that every year, 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases in this country. Our food safety systems do too little to prevent these illnesses (such as the two recent listeria outbreaks that have killed three Americans and hospitalized 22 since 2014) before they can harm us.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. The FDA must do everything in its power to protect Americans from foodborne illness. I urge the agency to implement the strongest standards possible for the safety of our food.