CDC & Food Safety
New reports, publications, and web material
November - December 2013
Food safety never takes a holiday
Just before holiday food-fests were in full swing, CDC and guest foodies gathered for a Twitter chat on being "food safe and food smart." And, we served up the number #1 chat at CDC… EVER.
With food safety and nutrition on the menu
- Our audience extended 2,550 tweets--about twice the average rate of people potentially reached through CDC’s monthly chats.
We learned that there are many food myths out there.
- Diverse participants—dairy and produce farmers, public health departments, media outlets, small and large companies, advocates, and individual consumers—swapped questions and expertise in real-time and in one virtual place.
People are eager to engage when food safety and nutrition are at the same party.
- CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, tweeted introductions and thanks.
- Agency “foodie” programs joined as one-CDC voice: Traveler’s Health; Global Health;Nutrition, Physical Activity, & Obesity; Environmental Health; and Public Health Preparedness and Response.
- Beyond CDC, external co-hosts USDA, FDA, the Center for Food Integrity,Foodsafety.gov and the International Food Information Council (IFIC), provided extensive acumen on food safety, nutrition, and consumer education.
After the chat
The sharing continued with retweets, blogs, features, and more, including:
- CDC Shares Food Safety Tips Via Twitter
- CDC makes merry with food safety chat
- Don’t Toss Your Cookies: Twitter Chat Offers Food Safety and Nutrition Insights for the Holidays
- #CDCchat About Holiday Food Safety
Thanks to everyone who participated!
Select CDC food safety publications
Key CDC publications during November - December include:
- Salmonellosis and Meat Purchased at Live-Bird and Animal-Slaughter Markets, United States, 2007-2012. This report reviews multiple salmonellosis outbreaks linked to meat purchased at markets, where live poultry and livestock are sold for onsite slaughter. Check out the CDC feature on Staying Safe from Salmonella Germs at Live Animal and Live Bird Markets!
- Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Chester Infections Associated with Frozen Meals — United States, 2010. Many frozen meals are not "heat and serve" items but are "not-ready-to-eat" (NRTE) products that require full cooking before eating. This report and the CDC Podcast, “Make it Well Done,” describes findings during the outbreak investigation of Salmonella Chester associated with frozen meals.
- International Outbreak of Escherichia coli O104:H4 Infections Associated with Sprout Consumption— Europe and North America, May–July, 2011. This report describes surveillance conducted in the United States, which involved active case-finding, use of laboratory testing protocols specific to non-O157 STEC, interviews to identify potential exposures of interest, and documentation of clinical courses.
- Notes from the Field: Escherichia coli O157:H7 Outbreak Associated with Seasonal Consumption of Raw Ground Beef — Wisconsin, December 2012–January 2013. This publication summarizes an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to eating raw ground beef and crackers, a traditional winter holiday specialty in certain regions of the upper Midwest.
CDC tracked several multistate outbreaks of foodborne illness during November - December, including:
New web resources
Solve the outbreak!
Upcoming Webinar: Progress toward Attribution of Foodborne Illness
Webinar: Are Outbreak Illnesses Representative of Sporadic Illnesses?
Friday, January 10, 2014, 2 PM to 3 PM ET
Join FDA, CDC, and USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service as they discuss progress toward attributing foodborne illnesses to food sources and the most recent activities of their tri-agency partnership, Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC).
Presenters will share an analysis comparing the characteristics of illnesses associated with foodborne outbreaks with those that are not linked to outbreaks.
The webinar is open to the public at no charge.
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