Well, at least foodborne illnesses aren't getting worse says the CDC. Surveillance data for ten states indicate little change in numbers of cases of most foodborne bacterial infections (Salmonella infections may be going up, but just by a little). This is good or bad depending on whether you are an optimist or a pessimist. Optimists, like the meat industry, say whoopee! The system is working. Pessimists, like those at the CDC and FDA who are quoted in the New York Times, say the lack of improvement means that we must do something to improve the food safety system. I vote with the pessimists on this one.
No Improvement In Foodborne Illness Rates
The CDC says that rates of foodborne illnesses are neither increasing nor decreasing significantly. The meat industry may be using this to claim that the system is working, but shouldn't thing be improving for it to be a success?