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Salmonella Infections Fall, But Foodborne Illness Rates Unchanged

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Infection from salmonella bacteria, the most common form of food poisoning in the U.S., declined last year but the overall rate of foodborne illness is holding stubbornly steady despite new measures intended to curb it, according to data released Thursday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate of salmonella infection reported in a sample group of U.S. sites fell 9% in 2013 compared with the previous three years taken together, the agency calculated. The rate fell 7.5% when compared with 2012 alone. Yet the overall rate of illnesses caused by contaminated food remained unchanged last year when compared with either the period between 2006 and 2008—considered benchmark years for setting national health goals—or 2010 and 2012.

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