Food Safety: CDC Could Further Strengthen Its Efforts to Identify and Respond to Foodborne Illnesses, Report to the Chairwoman, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Highlights: "CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] has estimated that each year, one in six people in the United States gets a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. CDC data show increases in the number of reported multistate foodborne illness outbreaks--groups of two or more linked cases in multiple states--in recent years. Such outbreaks are responsible for a disproportionate number of hospitalizations and deaths, compared with single-state outbreaks. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review CDC's response to multistate foodborne illness outbreaks. This report examines (1) CDC's roles and responsibilities, (2) challenges that CDC faces and the extent to which it has addressed these challenges, and (3) the extent to which CDC evaluates its performance."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/