Interview Series: food safety

Arresting food fraud

Arresting food fraud

UK food security researcher Chris Elliott is fighting back against criminal threats to the safety of the world’s food supply. Chris Elliott Sitting in the chilled counter at a supermarket, one beef burger looks pretty much like any other. The label may boast that it came from a happy free-range cow raised on organic pasture,

Fast tracking foodborne illness

Microbiologist Robert Brackett predicts that more precise gene-based tools will help pinpoint the source of outbreaks in record time. Robert Brackett Today, the risk is stark: Forty-eight million Americans—one out of every six people—suffer from a foodborne illness every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Within that group 128,000

Current Series: Food Safety

Three thousand people die from foodborne illness in the United States every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and 128,000 are hospitalized. An army of food safety researchers are working to prevent and detect food contamination in the United States and around the globe, investigating everything from DNA “fingerprinting” techniques to packaging indicators that tell consumers whether the product inside is safe to consume.

Food safety experts on the front lines talked about the wide array of efforts that will help reduce the global impact of foodborne illness in FutureFood 2050 interviews:

  • Robert Brackett: Director of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute for Food Safety and Health, who predicts that new gene-based tools will help pinpoint foodborne illness outbreaks in record time
  • Will Daniels: Fresh produce safety expert who says a variety of technology advancements are cleaning up contamination risks from farm to table
  • Chris Elliott: UK food fraud researcher who’s waging a war against criminal threats to the global food supply
  • Liu Xiumei: Pioneering food safety expert in China, who sees pollution issues as the country’s biggest challenge in improving food safety
  • William Marler: Veteran food safety attorney who believes consolidating regulatory agencies is essential for better oversight
  • Steve Taylor: Biochemist who co-founded the Food Allergy Research and Resource Program to support cutting-edge research on food allergies