US: PulseNet success is often industry’s ‘own worst enemy’, says exUSDA food safety expert
Posted: June 15th, 2012 - 12:12pm
Source: Food Production Daily
The success of PulseNet for tracing the source of foodborne illness outbreaks has become the industry’s own worst enemy as more news coverage has eroded consumer trust, according to an exUSDA food safety expert.
Dr. Richard Raymond is former undersecretary for food safety at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and is now a food safety senior advisor to APCO Worldwide. He says that consumers have lost trust in the food industry as the number of media reports about foodborne illness has increased over the past ten years – even though the number of foodborne illnesses has actually dropped by more than 20% during that time.