Well, at least foodborne illnesses aren’t getting worse says the CDC. Surveillance data for ten states indicate little change in numbers of cases of most foodborne bacterial infections (Salmonella infections may be going up, but just by a little). This is good or bad depending on whether you are an optimist or a pessimist. Optimists, like the meat industry, say whoopee! The system is working. Pessimists, like those at the CDC and FDA who are quoted in the New York Times, say the lack of improvement means that we must do something to improve the food safety system. I vote with the pessimists on this one.
Next public appearance
New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: A Festschrift in Honor of Per Pinstrup-Andersen. Cornell University, Statler Hotel Amphitheater. The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and ends with a reception the following day with remarks by professor Pinstrup-Andersen at 2:25 p.m. For the schedule and details, click here.
My joint contribution with Malden Nesheim is from 1:40-2:00 p.m. on “the internationalization of the obesity epidemic: the case of sugar-sweetened sodas.”