CDC Reports 1 in 6 Get Sick from Foodborne Illnesses Each Year. About 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases, according new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That’s 48 millions harmed by contaminated food.
There were 122 food recalls just in 2016, down from 150 in 2015.
The top cause of recalls was undeclared alergens.
But of the 58 million pounds of food recalled, over 47 million was contaminated with listeria.
There are the 3 largest food recalls in U.S. history:
3 – Sara Lee Deli Products & Hotdogs 1998
35 million pounds recalled
2 – Cargill Ground Turkey 2011
36 million pounds recalled
1 – Westland/Hallmark Beef 2008
Reason: Inhumane Practices
143 million pounds recalled
The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) estimates foodborne ilnessess cost Americans $15.6 billion each year.
The direct cost to a company is an average of $10 million per recall.