A public warning from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about romaine lettuce.

The two agencies urging consumers to avoid the leafy greens due to an outbreak of dangerous E. coli illness.

How technology is playing a role in food outbreaks

It seems these warning are all too common lately.  Search the internet and you will find all kinds of information when it comes to food-borne outbreak investigations.

It's prompting some to wonder whether there's an increase in the number of food recalls and/or outbreaks.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D issued the following response:

“Lately there have been many questions about whether we’re experiencing an uptick in food-related recalls. I can understand why it might appear that way, as we’ve increased our communications around food recalls and potential risks to food products. But we are not seeing an increase in the number or scope of recalls. Our tools for detecting them are much better, and our policies for how and when we alert the public lean in the direction of more and earlier communication. The American food supply is safer than ever before thanks to the preventive measures set forth in the landmark FDA Food Safety Modernization Act and advances in technology that help us detect and respond to problems.”

FOX10 News looked at the CDC's data for food outbreak investigations for 2018 and found outbreak investigations for:

The above cases involved two or more people reporting the same type of illness from the same contaminated food.

For 2017 the list isn't as long:  

Visit the CDC Foodborne Outbreak Tracking and Reporting website and learn more about:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates beef, poultry, and processed egg products. Visit FoodSafety.gov for food safety and food recall information from both FDA and USDA. You can also get FDA and USDA recall information via a mobile app or the FDA's Food Section.

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