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Covering foodborne illness and food safety

An inevitable aspect of health reporting is covering outbreaks of foodborne illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in six people in the U.S. get a foodborne illness each year, and 128,000 of them are sick enough to need hospitalization. About 3,000 people die from a foodborne illness each year.

This year, there have been dozens of cases of tainted food including romaine lettuce, basil, papaya, ground bison, as well as backyard hens, turtles and treats for dogs that have been linked to human illnesses. Further, there are a growing number of pathogens that are resistant to antibiotics that are being found in food. For example, resistant bugs in beef and cheese products sickened 255 people in 32 states in October 2019.

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