98-119 - Food Safety: A Chronology of Selected Recent Events, 1992-1998
23-Oct-1998; Anne Gillis; 7 p.
Abstract: This is a chronology of selected federal actions and proposals related to food safety and specific outbreaks or instances of foodborne illness. Also included are links to food safety information on the Internet and addresses and telephone numbers of the major federal food safety agencies. Several federal agencies, as well as state agencies and private industry, are part of the food safety network in the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), through its Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), is responsible for inspection of meat and poultry products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), part of the Public Health Service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is responsible for ensuring the safety of other foods. The Environmental Protection Agency EPA) regulates chemicals in foods. In addition, the DHHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) monitors and investigates foodborne disease outbreaks. The CDC estimates that anywhere from 6.5 million to 33 million people become sick and 9,000 persons die each year from foodborne illnesses. This report will be updated periodically, as significant events occur. [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Risk & Reform