No Surge In Food-Borne Illness In 2007

There wasn't a rise in the number of food-poisonings in the U.S. last year, but there wasn't a major decline, either.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes there have
been declines in certain food-borne illnesses since the late 1990s,
but all of those improvements were before 2004.

A food safety advocacy group calls such numbers discouraging.

The CDC estimates that 76 million people get sick each year from
food-borne illness. About 5,000 of them die.

The number of food-poisoning cases remained stable despite
high-profile outbreaks in 2007.

ConAgra recalled peanut butter products after a brand was linked
to a salmonella outbreak, which sickened at least 625 people.
Scores of people, mostly toddlers, got sick after eating a snack
called Veggie Booty. It contained a strain of salmonella.

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