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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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5:11AM PDT on Apr 7, 2015


2:41AM PDT on Mar 22, 2015

Thank you

6:56AM PDT on Mar 12, 2015


3:15AM PST on Feb 23, 2015

I eat them all and do not consider dangerous. Berries, greens and tomatoes are very good for you.
Washing well, correct cooking times and watching where you eat and where the products come from should take care of the problems.
I don't think you can live your life being afraid of everything that might happen.

1:43PM PST on Jan 30, 2015

Oh, and it´s known that pregnant women, children or people with a low immune system shouldn´t eat some kinds of cheese like camembert, brie, feta etc. because of the listeries...

1:40PM PST on Jan 30, 2015

Okay, but who needs oysters? And about sprouts: for many years I´ve raised them myself from mung or soy beans, but I always poured cooking water on them for a few seconds to eliminate possible mycospores or bacteries, and then I don´t eat eggs because I can´t digest them, and never soft icecream, only such that I made myself (from banans, cream, lactose-free milk and a little lemon juice, nom-nom, or with nuts instead of bananas), and I never eat frozen berries, only fresh ones or dried cranberries. And I always put the leftovers of green-leaved veggies into the refrigerator as soon as they cooled down, and then I reheat them well the next day, so I think this is the reason I never got any disease from nutritions yet!!! Oh, and green parts of potatoes or tomatos should be removed, anyway...

9:56AM PST on Jan 28, 2015

Most of these are foods are foods that many people are allergic to , so this doesn't come as a shock . Same with most inflammatory foods , all high allergens.

12:59PM PST on Jan 25, 2015

thanks. Good to know.

1:27AM PST on Dec 15, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

12:36AM PST on Dec 11, 2014


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Thanks for sharing. Think I will give it a try. :)


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