The latest health survey in the United States has revealed that billions of dollars are being spent on illnesses occurring due to food borne diseases which also account for an annual death rate of more than 3,000.
The government survey, a first in more than a decade, was carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amid reports that the Congress is thinking of overhauling the food safety regulations before the end of the current session.
According to the report, more than 15 percent of Americans suffering from some form of food borne disease with nearly 130,000 hospitalized each year with more than 3,000 people dying due to the diseases.
CDC's Christopher Braden says that while majority of the people may recover from the immediate effects of such diseases, some people continue to experience long term effects of the diseases late in their life.
"We've made progress in better understanding the burden of food-borne illness and unfortunately, far too many people continue to get sick from the food they eat", CDC Director Thomas Frieden said.