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For Immediate Release: April 28, 2011

Statement on new “Ranking the Risks: The 10 Pathogen-Food Combinations with the Greatest Burden on Public Health” Report

Washington, D.C., April 28, 2011 – The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) applauds the new “Ranking the Risks: The 10 Pathogen-Food Combinations with the Greatest Burden on Public Health” report released today by the University of Florida Emerging Pathogens Network, which was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

“This report is an important resource to help better understand the greatest threats and highest priorities for food safety in the United States,” said Rich Hamburg, Deputy Director of TFAH. "It is unbelievable that in today's modern world, 48 million Americans needlessly get sick from food every year. The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 was the first step toward a more preventive, risk-based food safety system – calling for policies and resources to focus on the highest and most likely threats and on ways to prevent, reduce, and eliminate threats as much as possible. This report can help us better understand how to develop and implement a clear definition for what that means, and turn that vision into a reality.”

“This report provides important research, best practices, and guidelines to those involved in food safety. It is clear that a majority of food borne illnesses could be prevented if we target our resources where the risks are the highest,” add Hamburg.

Trust for America’s Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. www.healthyamericans.org 

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