IBM uses grocery scanner data to speed foodborne illness investigations

Method successfully applied to an E. coli illness outbreak in Norway.

Foodborne illnesses are a major public health concern affecting more than one out of six Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). During a foodborne illness outbreak, rapidly identifying the contaminated food source is vital to minimizing illness, loss and the impact on society.

IBM Research–Almaden (IBM) recently announced that its scientists have discovered that analyzing retail scanner data from grocery stores against maps of conf

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