FDA System Called “Antiquated”

E. coli in produce causes 48% of food-borne illnesses linked to the bacteria. FDA wants to digitize records to trace sources of outbreaks but has no timeline.

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The FDA recently launched a host of new regulations to address foodborne illnesses, but handling these outbreaks is anything but quick and requires meeting multiple challenges. The situation is worsened by the agency’s use of what has been called an “antiquated” system. Every year, 9 million people in the U.S. get sick and 1,300 die from foodborne illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Leafy greens are under intensified scrutiny as they harbor one of the causes - E.coli bacteria.

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