CDC re-evaluates food illness analysis methodology

Wednesday - 12/22/2010, 10:41am EST

Chris Braden, director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Peppers with e-coli, peanut butter with rodent hair, eggs with salmonella -- no wonder both citizens and the government are looking closely at the food supply. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the job of tracking numbers and analyzing trends in food borne illnesses and deaths. Recently the CDC overhauled its methodology for carrying out this task. This gave a new picture of the rate of deaths from bad food. Dr. Chris Braden, director of the division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases at the CDC, joined the Federal Drive to explain.