CDC: More food poisoning outbreaks cross state lines
NEW YORK - The government is reporting an increase in food poisoning outbreaks that span multiple states, like the one that this week prompted Chipotle to close 43 of its restaurants in the Pacific Northwest.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there's been an average of two dozen multi-state outbreaks in the first five years of this decade. There used to be about a half-dozen a year.
But the increase is partly due to better detection methods that can more easily link illnesses across state lines.
And health officials say food industry consolidation means companies ship to wider networks of grocery stores and restaurants than in the past. So a tainted product can appear in more states now.
The director of the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden, says the multi-state outbreaks generally have more serious health consequences. He says they often involve more lethal listeria, salmonella and E. coli germs.