Food without fear

Released: 
October 28, 2013

Improvements in food handling and safety have reduced the threat of once-devastating food-borne illnesses.

Our partner site Planet Forward is hosting the Feeding the Planet Summit on Wednesday, October 30, where they'll be exploring food security and game-changing innovations in global security. Join Planet Forward on Wednesday for the all-day livestream and see an innovation showcase, GMO debate, tastemaker talk with celebrity chefs and more.

To prepare, we're looking at some previously released facts on food security. Today, take a look back at this fact on food safety:

Go ahead and dig in. Food today is safer than ever, thanks to improvements in food handling and safety measures. Devastating food-borne illnesses like typhoid fever, tuberculosis and cholera – which killed thousands a century ago – are nearly non-existent today.

Improved safety practices have also contributed to a marked decline in modern types of food-borne illnesses such as E. coli, Campylobacter and Listeria. 

There are, however, concerns about Salmonella and Vibrio bacteria – which are either holding steady or on the rise. These bacteria contaminate a wide range of food and are difficult to control.

Check out our infographic for more details. See “What Do Others Say?” for more views on food safety.  Then, add your own thoughts to the discussion below. Do you feel good about what’s on your plate?