Food Safety

The U.S. Center for Disease Control estimates that 25% of America’s citizens are stricken with some form of food poisoning annually. These 76 million food poisoning cases result in 325,000 hospitalizations and more than 5,000 deaths in America each year. Consumers expect a greater degree of food safety and over half believe that not enough is being done for their protection.

  • • In 2006 there were 31.3 million shipments into 300 U.S. ports by 825,000 importers with goods worth $2 trillion dollars.
  • • Nearly 85% of the seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported, with 35% imported from China.
  • • The FDA reports that resources allow for inspections of less than 1% of all shipments.
  • • 96% of consumers want more food safety information on the label - U.S. Policy Institute and Michigan State University
  • • 84% of food executives in the U.S. rank food safety as one of their top concerns.
The U.S. Economic Research Service estimates that medical and productivity costs related to food contamination in the United States total nearly $7 billion dollars annually. An extrapolation of government estimates calculate over 1.6 billion cases of food poisonings, 6.9 million hospitalizations and over 100,000 deaths with annual worldwide medical and productivity costs surpassing $140 billion dollars per year.