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Top 10 Riskiest Foods

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Top 10 Riskiest Foods

What do strawberries and oysters have in common? Both make the list of the top ten foods responsible for the most outbreaks of foodborne illness since 1990 in the United States. Oysters, okay–but berries?

A century ago, typhoid fever, tuberculosis and cholera were the common foodborne diseases. Improvements in food safety (think pasteurization, safe canning, disinfection of water supplies) have conquered those diseases–but a host of other foodborne diseases have stepped up to the plate, so to speak, to take their places. Foodborne disease outbreaks are currently responsible for tens of millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and thousands of deaths every year in the United States.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) published their report of the top ten riskiest foods (FDA Top Ten) overseen by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA is responsible for regulating produce, seafood, egg and dairy products, as well as packaged foods such as cookie dough and peanut butter. The FDA regulates nearly 80 percent of the American food supply. From the CSPI, here they are–followed by precautions from the CDC on how to reduce the risk:

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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12:34PM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

I don't mean to be a grinch, but I simply refuse to click through 13 pages to get any information. I know we need to support Care2 with advertising, but I have that same policy with any website where enough is enough.

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5:54PM PDT on May 2, 2014

ok thanks

11:11AM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

amazing how many people still don't wash their hands

3:09AM PDT on Apr 9, 2014

Interesting article, but somewhat alarmist. The last two pages are surely common sense?

1:46AM PDT on Mar 30, 2014


11:44PM PDT on Mar 22, 2014

Noted, as well??

1:30AM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

amazing information

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