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US Food Safety System Needs to Integrate Human Health, Animal and Plant Pathogen Data, Experts Urge

The Produce Safety Project has issued a report that examines the steps taken by select European Union (EU) countries to reform their food safety data collection and analysis systems since the 1990s.

A key recommendation of the report is the annual publication of a unified cross‐agency report on tracking foodborne pathogens in humans, animals, food and feed. To be produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the annual analyses would summarize surveillance data on human foodborne illnesses -- including outbreaks and sporadic cases -- and on pathogen contamination in domestic and imported animals, food and feed.

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