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A peanut-related salmonella outbreak -- which started last year -- caused at least 690 confirmed illnesses in 46 states and was linked to nine deaths.
A salmonella outbreak attributed to Honduran cantaloupes sickened 51 people in 16 states.
Better testing and surveillance has improved the government's ability to detect foodborne disease outbreaks, Ryser said.
Outbreaks account for just a fraction of cases in the ten states last year, however. For example, only 7 percent of the salmonella cases were tied to identified outbreaks, the CDC report said.
The food supply is safer today than it was 50 or 100 years ago, thanks to advances like pasteurization and cleaner water, said Tauxe, deputy director of the CDC's Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases.
But to the public, food poisoning may seem to be getting worse because of large outbreaks in the last several years, experts say.
That's due in part to better testing and surveillance that have improved the government's ability to detect multistate outbreaks. Other factors: Food poisoning is occurring in certain foods -- like peanut butter -- that in the past were not thought to be a risk. And government and company inspectors have at times failed to protect consumers from contamination in food processing plants.
Government investigators and food industry officials have been under increasing pressure to fix what is perceived as a broken food system. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has hired more than 150 additional inspectors and more than 30 additional scientists and consumer safety officers in the past year, FDA officials said during a Thursday teleconference with reporters.
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