Food Safety

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, on behalf of the Berkshire Public Health Alliance, is working together to improve food safety in the region.

Many foodborne illnesses are not reported or correctly diagnosed. The ones that are reported and tested tend to be more serious or in vulnerable individuals. CDC estimates that 48 million people in the USA get a foodborne associated every year. Estimates of Foodborne Illness in the United States | Estimates of Foodborne Illness | CDC



Berkshire County Foodborne Pathogen Numbers

Common Foodborne Pathogens

The top five pathogens that cause illnesses from food are:

Other pathogens that cause foodborne illnesses and are monitored by Berkshire Public Health Alliance are:

  • Clostridium botulinum
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Cyclospora
  • Hepatitis A
  • Lysteria
  • Shiga toxin producing organisms
  • Shigella
  • Vibrio


Mass DPH – Food Safety

CDC – How to Prevent Food Poisoning

FDA Safety Recalls

Food Safety. gov


Berkshire Public Health Alliance
1 Fenn Street, Suite 201
Pittsfield, MA 01201