Social media are changing how people learn of foodborne illness

03/8/2012 | FoodNavigator

"Infodemiology" might be one way social media can be used to spread the word about foodborne-illness outbreaks. At a recent conference, Wal-Mart Stores Food Safety Vice President Frank Yiannas pointed out that Twitter updates alerted officials to a norovirus outbreak in British Columbia. "By the time health experts report an outbreak, it's pretty late into the epidemic curve," Yiannas said. "Social media is going to change the way we deal with food safety."

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