Report: Annual U.S. tab for food-borne illness is $152 billion

03/3/2010 | USA Today

A report from a former Food and Drug Administration economist says illnesses related to tainted foods cost the U.S. $152 billion a year in medical costs, lost work, disabilities and deaths. The FDA had not yet reviewed the report, but a spokesman said: "We welcome all contributions toward a better understanding of the impact of food safety in the United States. The cost of food-borne illness is undoubtedly high and underscores the need for rapid passage of bipartisan legislation to provide new food safety tools for FDA."

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