Unsafe food recalls in the U.S. are trending the wrong way. From 2013 to 2017, they rose 10 percent overall, and a whopping 83 percent for the most hazardous meat and poultry recalls.

These were the chief findings in "How Safe Is Our Food?", a report released by U.S. PIRG Education Fund, the research and policy arm of our national network, on Jan. 17. The report reached millions of people through coverage on CBS This Morning, NBC News and USA Today.

"We should have a basic way to trace an ingredient from farm to fork," CoPIRG Director Danny Katz told Denver7 News. "We want to know if there's a problem with an ingredient at any step of the process, so we can not only pull that ingredient, but also pull all the products that that ingredient has."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1 in 6 people in the U.S. contract foodborne illnesses each year. To stem the problem, our Consumer Watchdog team is calling for public health standards for agricultural water, a ban on Salmonella in meat, and a better recall system to get dangerous food out of people's homes.

Read the report here

Photo Caption: CoPIRG Director Danny Katz appeared on Denver7 News to announce the release of the "How Safe is Our Food?" report. 

Photo Credit: Denver7 ABC News