The USDA, on a new website on May 13, unveiled a cost of food poisoning calculator.  To date, the only two pathogens with reported yearly costs estimates are Salmonella and E. coli O157:H7.  The combined cost estimate for those two?  In excess of $3 Billion. 

According to the USDA, the estimates "include assumptions about disease incidence

Incidences of food poisoning are likely to rise with increased global temperatures, according to a report from the WHO and Malta’s Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit.  According to the report, a study on the health effects of climate change in the Maltese islands warns that rising temperatures increase the likelihood of food-borne diseases like

Blake Morrison and Peter Eisler report in today’s edition of the USA Today:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced sweeping steps Thursday to "assure the safety and quality of food" purchased for the National School Lunch Program.

The measures include tightening requirements on companies that supply ground beef to schools, testing the beef more