According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 76 million cases of foodborne illness occur annually in the United States.
In an article published by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, informaticians used machine learning to link Amazon.com food product reviews to FDA food recalls to detect reports of unsafe foods.
What did they discover? Many reviews for non-recalled food products included terms that were associated with FDA recalled food products, suggesting that there may be many food products that need to be recalled or further investigated.
Why Informatics? So, we can ensure the foods we eat are safe and nutritious.