California health authorities warn of “potential” pandemic for the nation’s food supplies, with a report predicting a shortage of “up to 10 million servings of bread, pasta and pasta sauce” if the current outbreak continues.
In a report to be presented Wednesday at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology’s annual meeting in Chicago, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) warned that if a foodborne illness continues to spread and there are no significant public health measures in place, “potentially more than 10 million meals would be unavailable.”
This would mean that the state could lose out on around 2 million meals annually, according to the report.
California is already on track to lose between 10 million and 20 million servings per day, according a recent study.
In that study, researchers found that foodborne illnesses have “no known protective effect on the long-term health of the population.”
In California, the CDC and the state health department are collaborating to find a cure for the foodborne outbreak.