Preventing Foodborne Illnesses

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Rather than scramble to react to foodborne illness outbreaks after people start getting sick — the Food and Drug Administration has issued new food safety rules to help prevent them in the first place.

The government will now have increased oversight of farms involved in the country’s food supply.

The rules come after several high-profile outbreaks. This year, a salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers killed four people.

In 2011, several dozen died in a listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupes.

Workers will need to be trained in handwashing and other basic hygiene. Irrigation water will also be monitored for harmful bacteria.

An estimated 1 in 6 Americans becomes sick with a foodborne illness each year.

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