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    Aaron Beczkiewicz named FSIS ORISE Graduate Student Food Safety Fellow

    Oct 6, 2020

    Please join us in congratulating Aaron Beczkiewicz, an FST doctoral candidate in our research group, on being named one of four FSIS ORISE Graduate Student Food Safety Fellows. During his fellowship, he will be learning how to apply scientific and technical knowledge to inform FSIS decision making, communicate data to broad audiences, and collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to inform policy and processes that improve the safety of the food supply.

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FSIS Salmonella Road Map

By Dr. Kara Morgan

The FSIS "Roadmap to Reduce Salmonella" was published on Friday September 18, and a public meeting was held on Tuesday September 22.  In her opening comments, Dr. Mindy Brashears, Undersecretary for Food Safety, explained that the meeting was being held because the Healthy People Goals for Salmonella have not been met for three decades (2000, 2010, and 2020). In spite of many efforts from federal food safety agencies and private sector actors, the rate of illness from Salmonella attributed to food has been stubbornly stuck at around 15 cases per 100,000 over that time period.

CDC estimates Salmonella bacteria cause about 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations, and 420 deaths in the United States every year. Food is the source for most of these illnesses. Thirty-eight  percent of foodborne illnesses from Salmonella are attributed