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    Food-Borne Illness Battle Goes High-Tech

    They have no stomach for food poisoning. Silicon Valley is crunching big data, digesting food analytics and cooking up molecular detection to help keep us safe from food-borne disease, which the CDC says causes 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Systems currently in place often fail to catch contaminations in time, so tech experts plan to drill down on high-risk foods like meat and poultry, reduce genomic testing turnarounds and provide quick, in-house tests while adding “more transparency” to other foods.

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