Study Puts Food-Borne Illness Cost at $152 Billion Annually

March 3, 2010 /EIN PRESSWIRE/ The Produce Safety Project, an initiative of Pew Charitable Trusts, has released a report that says the cost of food-born illnesses to the US amounts to $152 billion annually.

The study states that bacteria, such as E.coli and salmonella, has become incredibly costly in terms of both healthcare expenses and expenses to the food industry related to massive recalls of contaminated food.

The government estimates that 76 million people are sickened by food illnesses each year, with hundreds of thousands of those people hospitalized and more than 5,000 deaths.

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