I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Mrs. Dana Pitts, the Associate Director of Communications, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She was able to tell me more about CDC’s commitment to food safety, and how they have a key role in the prevention of foodborne disease. Over the next few weeks I am going to be sharing more about CDC and food safety. Today, I want to tell you why CDC thinks food safety is a winnable battle.
What is a Winnable Battle?
CDC has declared certain large-impact health issues, like food safety, nutrition, and motor vehicle injuries, winnable battles. According to CDC, a lot of progress can be made on each of the winnable battles in the next one to four years. Each health issue has a strategic “battle plan” to make sure CDC and other public health agencies are working together in the best way possible.
When Will the Food Safety Battle Be Won?
CDC has three broad goals for the food safety battle:
- Improve knowledge of incidence, trends, burden, and causes of foodborne illness
- Improve state and federal epidemiologic, laboratory and environmental health capacity to quickly detect and respond to foodborne outbreaks
- Decrease the rate of foodborne illness and the number of foodborne outbreaks each year
The food safety battle will be won once a real difference in each of these areas has been made.
What Can I Do to Help Win the Battle?
You can help win the battle against foodborne diseases by spreading the word about food safety. Share CDC’s Food Safety site, FoodSafety.gov, and No A? Walk Away! with your friends and family. The more people know about the spread of foodborne disease, the easier it will be to stop it.
- CDC’s Food Safety Winnable Battle site
- CDC’s Food Safety Winnable Battle audio presentation
- CDC’s Foodborne Illnesses Q&A
Thank you once again to Mrs. Dana Pitts for meeting with me and providing me with this information! Look for more blog posts about CDC and food safety in the coming weeks.
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