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Child poverty, unintentional injuries and foodborne llness: are low-income children at greater risk?

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Consumer Federation of America (CFA)
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Washington, CFA, 2013

The purpose of this report is to show that existing data and research, however incomplete, strongly suggest that low-income children are at greater risk than other children from unintentional injuries and foodborne illness.These injuries are mainly incurred in the home, in the yard, on playgrounds, on streets, and in motor vehicles.The report will also explore reasons for these higher risks ranging from lack of information to hazardous environments. Finally, the report will discuss ways that federal safety-related databases can incorporate more information about socioeconomic status to allow researchers and practitioners to learn more about the influence of related factors. The report, like existing data and research, is divided into two main sections: one on product related
unintentional injuries and the other on foodborne illness. Each section will discuss sources of information about injury or illness and related mortality,what these sources tell us about risks related to low-income children,what factors may help explain these risks, and what could be
done to improve information sources.