The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have issued a new Strategic Plan for 2017-2021 as part of the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC). IFSAC was created in 2011 to improve coordination of federal food safety analytic efforts and address cross-cutting priorities for food safety data collection, analysis, and use. IFSAC focuses analytic efforts on four priority pathogens: Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter. CDC estimates that together, these four pathogens cause nearly 2 million cases of foodborne illness in the United States each year.
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