Surprised by these stats, I always check the use by & 'best before' dates. Stats!
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-04/listeria-death-rate-shows-u-s-food-safety-shortcomings.html According to our ongoing survey - only around 25% of people who believe they have food poisoning go to a doctor, 75% tough it out. So it's possible the number of people sickened from Listeria is even higher. Other point in the article is that there are some potential improvements coming in regs, sounds good.. : "The Obama administration proposed in January the first major regulations from the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, which was to be the most sweeping overhaul of U.S. food oversight in 70 years when it passed. The Food and Drug Administration is developing the rules aimed at keeping people safe from listeria."
Good article trying to help explain the difference. here
http://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2013/reports-of-foodborne-illness-decline-by-40/ Excerpt: "The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has released a new review of foodborne illness outbreaks. They found that from 2001 to 2010, the latest period for which data is available, outbreaks related to E. coli, Salmonella, and other pathogens decreased by more than 40%. This may be because of better food safety practices, including the adoption of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) programs in the meat, poultry, and seafood industries, as specified by the government. But the agency warns that incomplete reporting by public health agencies stretched and overworked by budget cuts may have influenced the data. CSPI food safety director Caroline Smith DeWaal said, “despite progress made by the industry and by food safety regulators, contaminated food is still causing too many illnesses, visits to the emergency room, and deaths. Yet state and local health departments and federal food safety programs always seem to be on the chopping block. Those financial pressures not only threaten the progress we’ve made on food safety, but threaten our very understanding of which foods and which pathogens are making people sick.”
This is a super interesting table, helps indicate what type of food poisoning you might have.