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Latest Reports and Assessments

Newly released documents and grey literature from authoritative food safety agencies and organizations containing recent findings, scientific reviews, guidance and other information surrounding important food safety issues. These reports are useful for the food safety community including researchers, policy makers, industry, and academia.

HHS; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

August 27, 2018

Known foodborne disease agents are estimated to cause approximately 9.4 million illnesses each year in the United States. Although only a small subset of illnesses are associated with recognized outbreaks, data from outbreak investigations provide insight into the foods and pathogens that cause illnesses and the settings and conditions in which they occur.

HHS. Food and Drug Administration

August 2018

Regular updates to inform the public and Congress on its progress in implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This summary does not reference all actions taken by FDA. Previous years' reports are also available for 2012 (link is external) and 2011 (link is external).

USDA Economic Research Service

August 2018

The "Produce Rule" (PR), which began its phased implementation in January 2018, is an on-farm Food and Drug Administration regulation that sets specific disease-preventive requirements for produce that is sold and consumed raw in the United States. The report presents results of a 2015 and 2016 survey of produce growers about their microbial food safety practices before the PR’s implementation.

HHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

December 20, 2013

Describes an investigation conducted in the United States due to the Escherichia coli O104:H4 outbreak in May 2011 that affected 4,000 persons in 16 countries. Involved active case-finding, use of laboratory testing protocols specific to non-O157 STEC, interviews to identify potential exposures of interest, and documentation of clinical courses.

African Union Peace and Security

March 7, 2018

The first progress report on food safety in Africa, which was prepared by the Secretariat of the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA) of the Commission. The report covers issues pertaining to food safety challenges in Africa, the impact of aflatoxins and the related African Union (AU) efforts. The report also outlines a number of steps to be taken as a way forward, and concludes with observations. 

HHS. Food and Drug Administration.

December 2017

Report to Congress on the use of recall authority under section 423 of the FD&C Act and any public health advisories issued by FDA that advise against the consumption of an article of food on the grounds that it is adulterated and poses an imminent danger to health. Previous versions of this report can be found here.