One in Six Americans Food Poisoned Each Year

The chances of you falling ill from food poisoning every year is nearly one in six, according to new number released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC claims one in six Americans gets sick from food every year, and about 3,000 die from those illnesses. The updated data provides the latest information on fooborne illnesses since 1999, according to news reports. The good news: the new figures are lower than those from the 1999 reports, which had estimated one in four American falls ill each year and 5,000 die from food related illnesses.

Despite the decrease, the CDC thinks there is more progress to be made, and it does not necessarily mean the instances of food poisoning are decreasing.

“These are preventable diseases,” said Chris Braden, acting director of the division of food-borne, water-borne and environmental diseases at the CDC. “We need to do more to lower the impact of these diseases in the U.S.”

Salmonella is the leading cause of foodborne illnesses, according to the reports, with 28 percent of cases of deaths linked to the bacteria and 35 percent of hospitalizations.

“The report estimates that 48 million Americans get sick from food each year. Of that, 9.4 million become ill after consuming food contaminated by at least one of 31 known bacteria, parasites and other pathogens. But the remaining 38 million victims – the lion’s share – are poisoned by unknown pathogens,” according to news report.

As aSeattle personal injury lawyer, I think these numbers enforce the importance of food safety. If you or a loved one has been injured by contaminated, recalled food, contact a food poisoning lawyer in Seattle.