A report released Monday by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) revealed that, over a 10-year period, there were about twice as many foodborne illness outbreaks linked to restaurants than to private homes.
The 17-page report, entitled, “Outbreak Alert! 2014, A Review of Foodborne Illness in America From 2002-2011,” looked at “solved outbreaks” in which investigators identified both a food and a pathogen. There were 1,610 such outbreaks during that period linked to restaurants, which sickened more than 28,000 people, compared to 893 outbreaks linked to private homes, causing nearly 13,000 cases of foodborne illness.
“Unfortunately, fewer and fewer outbreaks were solved by public health officials over the 10-year period, leaving a lot of important information undiscovered in the data,” the report noted.
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