Currently, the U.S. is contending with a salmonella outbreak linked to shell eggs and an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. Although neither has claimed a life as of press time, experienced food industry professionals know that tainted food can cause significant losses of life and productivity. In fact, the CDC estimates foodborne disease causes approximately 548 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths per year in the U.S.read more
In 2015, a number of major companies in the food industry were forced to deal with the backlash surrounding a foodborne illness tied to their products. Chipotle Mexican Grill was the focus of scrutiny following an e. coli outbreak surrounding its West Coast stores and a norovirus outbreak linked to a Boston location.read more
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