Outbreak: Foodborne Illness And The Struggle For Food Safety


Timothy Lytton’s newest book Outbreak: Foodborne Illness and the Struggle for Food Safety (Chicago University Press 2019) takes a deep dive into the complex workings of the U.S. food safety system.


Timothy D. Lytton is Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law and currently serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at Georgia State University College of Law


April 6, 2020

Lytton develops a systems approach to understanding food safety regulation by examining the interdependence of government regulation, industry supply chain management, and civil liability in efforts to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. The book chronicles devastating foodborne illness outbreaks that have spurred steady scientific and technological advances in food safety. Lytton offers practical reforms that will strengthen the food safety system’s capacity to learn from its mistakes and identify cost-effective food safety efforts capable of producing measurable public.

Outbreak has been selected as a finalist for the 2020 American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award.

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