The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) yesterday released its surveillance data on foodborne illness outbreaks for 2008.  The report tends to show that salmonella is increasingly becoming the most important of the various foodborne pathogens, causing almost a third of the overall illnesses and more than half the deaths.  More information can be found on the CDC’s website.

We have defended numerous cases arising from foodborne illness outbreaks, including many involving salmonella, over the past few years.  This data is consistent with the trend we have seen as of late: fewer outbreaks involving E. coli but a significant uptick in the number of outbreaks involving salmonella.