Food Poisoning Cases on the Rise

CDC says two strands are responsible for increase.

By Becky Schilling, Editor

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported an increase in food poisoning cases in 2012. The CDC said two strands were responsible for the increase. One strand, typically found in livestock, was behind a 14% increase in cases. The second, commonly found in seafood, was the cause behind a 43% increase. The data is only for those cases of food poisoning that have been confirmed by a laboratory. In its FOODNetreport, the CDC said the increase “showed a lack of recent progress in reducing foodborne infections and highlighted the need for improved prevention.”