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Food Safety

73

Percent of surveyed U.S. adults who say they are equally concerned about food safety as the war on terror.

93

Percent of surveyed U.S. adults who say food suppliers should be held legally responsible when individuals are fatally sickened by tainted food.

1,500

Number of U.S. deaths each year caused by foodborne illness from three pathogens: salmonella, listeria and toxoplasma.

5,000

Number of U.S. foodborne disease deaths annually.

325,000

Number of people hospitalized annually due to foodborne illnesses.

76 million

Number of U.S. foodborne disease illnesses annually.

152 billion

The total cost in dollars of foodborne illness annually in the U.S.

Sources: American Society for Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention