This is the testimonial statement of Lawrence J. Dyckman, Director, Natural Resources and Environment before the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, Restructuring and the District of Columbia, Committee on Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate, and the Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management, and Intergovernmental Relations, Committee on Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Dyckman discusses the number of school children served meals in the National Scool Lunch and School Breakfasts programs and the number of outbreaks of foodborne illness during a 10-year period between 1990 and 1999. These outbreaks affect 16,000 children. According to CDC data, the number of outbreaks is on the rise and the USDA has determined that steps need to be taken to protect the foods being served to the children in the meal programs due to the vulnerability of children to foodborne illnesses such as salmonella and E. coli. Further discussion is made regarding the lack of safeguards for foods being served to all American's creating the possibility of large outbreaks of foodborne illness.
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