Food Borne Illnesses
EPA created its national policy to uses sludge on food crops in 1981
In 1989 EPA released its proposed (and conservative) sludge use and disposal regulation with interm approval.
In 1993 EPA released the final sludge use and disposal regulation without a risk assessment for any chemical or disease organism.
In 1999 CDC to have quit releasing accurate information on food borne illnesses.
1986 there were one to two million cases of food poisoning (Gerba) (EPA Risk Axssessment for landfilling sludge)
1990 there were about 6 million case of food poisoning
1994 there were about 33 million cases of food poisoning 9,000 deaths EPA-USDA- CDC-Report to President -From Farm to Table (1997)
1996 there were about 80 million case of food poisoning (Ralph J. Touche-Chief Sanitarian -Public Health Service
1997 there we about 81 million case of food poisoning (GAO-report)
1998 CDC estimates 360 million cases of acute diarrhea, Most from unknown source of exposure.(1987 estimate) 9,100 deaths annually.
1999 (Mead,et.al) (CDC) estimates there are only about 76 million foodborne cases annually, 325,000 Hospitalized and 5,000 deaths.
CDC still uses these figures = 6.3 million illnesses per month, 27,000 people hospitalized each month, 416 dead each month.