USDA plays a role in ensuring that virtually all foods produced and eaten in the United States are safe to consume. Our primary responsibility, however, is to make sure America’s supply of meat, poultry and processed egg products is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.
Since 2009, we’ve made some of the most significant changes to America’s food safety system since the 1950s. These changes include more effective testing, greater focus on mislabeling and more rigorous scientific processes to ensure the high quality and safety of products before they reach consumers. Together, they represent critical contributions to the health and safety of all Americans. In fact, our estimates indicate that the total number of illnesses attributed to USDA-regulated products fell more than 12 percent from 2009 to 2015.
You can also dive deeper into how stronger and more effective policies implemented over the past eight years will go a long way in protecting public health from the Administrator of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, Al Almanza.
Join us throughout the month of July as we explore the incredible progress we’ve made since 2009 to update and modernize America’s food safety system and standards. Follow along on usda.gov, on the USDA blog and by using #USDAResults, or catch up on Chapter VII on our Medium site.