Is Food Safer?

Even though CDC experts cautioned against comparing the old estimates with the new to discern a trend, some saw the new estimate of 48 million episodes of foodborne illnesses per year, in contrast with the 1999 estimate of 76 million, as a dramatic drop — a sign the food supply was becoming safer.

Not so fast, say the publishers of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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