The Pew Health Group (as in “Pew Charitable Trusts”) has put together this interactive timeline of 14 widespread foodborne outbreaks that have happened since the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act was passed in 2011. It’s the first major update to the country’s food safety infrastructure more than 70 years. But the Obama Administration has yet to issue proposed rules required to begin implementing the law. This timeline represents just a fraction of all the foodborne illnesses that have occurred since the Act’s passage.

As you click through, keep your eye on “Reported Cases” and remember that most cases are never reported, as journalist Maryn McKenna experienced for herself as she described in her blog, Superbug.

Significant Foodborne Illness Outbreaks: A Timeline 21 December,2012Lisa Aliferis

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED’s State of Health blog. Since 2011, she’s been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco’s CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for “Best Topical Reporting” from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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