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Food recalls rack up $227 million

CHICAGO — Food recalls are on the rise and the nation’s food safety systems are broken, according to a new report by Illinois PIRG. Contaminated food makes 48 million Americans sick every year and costs more than $77 billion in aggregated economic costs. In Illinois in the last 21 months, 108 people were made sick from foodborne illnesses linked directly to food recalls, and the cost in Illinois was over $6 million.

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