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A man shops for vegetables beside Romaine lettuce stocked along with for sale at a supermarket in Los Angeles.
U.S. food safety regulators are recalling about twice as many products as a decade ago, pulling Ritz crackers, Goldfish along with Swiss rolls off grocery shelves just last week, McDonald’s salads about two weeks ago along with Kellogg’s Honey Smacks last month.
Approximately one in six Americans get six every year through eating contaminated foods, according to the Centers for Disease Control along with Prevention. along with as the number of recalls rises, so do questions about U.S. food safety.
Flower Foods, Mondelez along with Pepperidge Farm — owned by Campbell Soup — recalled their crackers along with different products last week after public health officials flagged a whey powder ingredient through a supplier in which might be contaminated with salmonella.
The CDC blamed Kellogg’s Honey Smacks for a salmonella outbreak in which caused more than 100 people to become ill in 33 states in June. McDonald’s was forced to pull salads through 3,000 restaurants inside Midwest after public health officials in Illinois along with Iowa linked the restaurant chain to an outbreak of cyclosporiasis, which causes diarrhea along with fever along with has infected at least 286 people in 15 states so far, according to U.S. health officials.
While the rise in high-profile food recalls in recent years may be worrisome, the idea doesn’t necessarily mean in which U.S. food safety is actually declining, according to federal safety along with foodborne illness specialists.
Companies have been getting more aggressive in issuing voluntary recalls while physicians along with public health officials are getting better at reporting along with tracing the origins of contamination, they said.
“We’re better at figuring these outbreaks out,” said Bill Marler, an attorney specializing in food safety issues. “Public health has been cut back although not so much in which the idea can’t do not bad surveillance.”