Are Food Contamination Epidemics On The Rise?

Are food contamination epidemics on the rise?  Below is a chart of microbial food epidemics in the US from 1993 to 2008.  The chart was created by Dr. Phillip H. Howard, who is an associate professor with Michigan State University.  Dr. Howard says the timeline only includes large epidemics that affected multiple States.  Dr. Howard also mentions that the data is very incomplete due to under-reporting (i.e. it is probably much worse).

For the complete interactive chart, go to https://www.msu.edu/~howardp/foodborne.html

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  • Allan says:

    This is what you get when corporations police themselves which is what they get when they spend more on lobbying than they pay in taxes. This is what you get when you allow dollars voting instead of people voting. This is what you get when you allow millions of immigrants from mid east countries, who do not like you, and give them jobs in food service. This is what you get from importing food from unknown sources which we cannot possibly police. It will get worse unless it gets in the way of profits.

  • Avery says:

    Hey Marjory, as with all current reports of “increases” in anything, don’t forget we now have better and faster reporting systems (the internet). What was never reported or never collected is now at our finger tips. A prime example is the CDC’s/DHS’s system to monitor disease outbreaks via emergency room visits, this system was never available before. So when you see an alarm about an “increase” in something look to see how the data was collected before. Also to note is the CDC will change a classification leading to an artificial “increase”. This happened in the 80’s when the CDC changed the definition of AIDS, thus leading to the next year of a “dramatic increase” in AIDS cases. Sorry; I was a military intelligence analyst and looking beyond the headlines was my job. Thanks for your great work and we (I) need more information on raising and eating bugs. Thanks again, Avery

    1. Marjory Wildcraft says:

      Hi Avery, that is a good point.

      And I still believe it is fairly valid point. Our commercial food supply is in a very bad state.

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