FDA Plans Database to Track Foodborne Illnesses

Families will soon be able to consult a database maintained by the Food and Drug Administration for the latest information on salmonella, E. coli, and other food-related diseases, The Associated Press is reporting:

The five-year effort aims to sequence the genetic code of the most common foodborne germs. With this information, FDA says scientists may be able to create tests that can identify foodborne germs in a matter of days, rather than weeks. Every year about 48 million people in the U.S. get sick from foodborne bacteria.

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