Food Safety and Foodborne Disease: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Stephen M. Ostroff, M.D., Deputy Commissioner for Food and Veterinary Medicine (Ret), Food and Drug Administration

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October 17, 2019, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


252 Erickson Food Science Building

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This is a very dynamic time for the U.S. food supply.  While today’s consumer sees a food supply that is more varied and abundant than ever, those producing that food are facing changing consumer preferences and consumption patterns, increasingly complicated supply chains, climate change, rising volumes of imports from more diverse foreign sources, technologies such as bioengineering and alternative protein sources, and new modes of food delivery.  Efforts by industry and regulatory agencies to assure the safety of the food supply have also been evolving.  Despite the many changes, the burden and patterns of foodborne illness in the U.S. have been remarkably impervious to change or, if anything, may actually be increasing.  This presentation will examine current patterns of foodborne illness and foodborne outbreaks in the U.S., the changing nature of the food supply and some of the challenges facing our food regulatory agencies to keep up.