More than 200 diseases are spread through food. From sidewalk vendors to Michelin-star restaurants, no one is immune to the considerable discomfort, pain, and even death that can come from a food-borne disease.

With the recent concerns from food outbreaks—the Listeria outbreak in cantaloupe, salmonella from peanut products, e-coli from fresh vegetables—states and the health community are working together to address these food safety issues.

Tracking food outbreaks and illnesses has brought together state and local officials to contain and treat those affected by serious food-related diseases. State legislatures have adopted laws permitting the sale of raw milk, exempting cottage food industries from state regulations, and encouraging local foods. Will this be enough? Is your food safe?

Satisfy your appetite for knowledge by tuning into NCSL’s webinar, “An Introduction to Food Safety,” at 1 p.m. (ET) Friday, June 13. Hear experts from the CDC, local government and industry explore the nation’s food safety system, how it works, and what happens when it fails.  Register now for this FREE webinar at the NCSL website or contact Claire Lewis for more details.

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