About foodborne illness:
Although the food supply in the United States is considered one of the safest in the world, illness, hospitalizations, and deaths caused by foodborne illness remain a significant public health challenge worldwide.
Safe steps in food handling
Who are the most vulnerable to foodborne illness?
What is a foodborne outbreak?
Who monitors foodborne cases?
The Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, also known as FoodNet. Established in July 1995, FoodNet continues to actively monitor and record the magnitude of both sporadic cases of foodborne illness and outbreaks.
FoodNet is a collaborative effort between the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FoodNet communicates with clinical laboratories in 10 states (Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, California, Colorado, and New York), and selected counties, in order for its surveillance to represent 15% of the US population.
FoodNet: Foodborne Pathogens Monitored for Sporadic Infections
FoodNet conducts active laboratory-based surveillance for foodborne pathogens to better estimate the rate of sporadic illness by specific pathogens.
These pathogens include:
FoodNet data on Maryland