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- Safe food a national priority, Vilsack tell scientists
- Cooperation essential
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that approximately 1 in 6 Americans—48 million people—suffer from foodborne illness each year, resulting in approximately 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths annually.
In addition, in late June, USDA joined the Ad Council, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the CDC to debut Food Safe Families, the first joint public service campaign to help families prevent foodborne illnesses in the home. This campaign reminds Americans to clean kitchen surfaces, utensils and hands while preparing food; separate raw meats from other foods by using different cutting boards; cook foods to the correct temperatures; and, chill raw and prepared foods promptly.
During his remarks in Milwaukee, Vilsack stressed the cooperation between government, industry and consumers to ensure the safety of our food, "No one entity can do it alone," said Vilsack. "Safe food takes committed researchers and scientists, producers, food processors and retailers. Government, of course, is an important part of the partnership. When food is safe we all win. Americans can feed themselves, their families and others with the confidence that food won't make them sick."
The full text of Vilsack's speech is available online.