Most Food-Borne Illnesses From Vegetables
While lettuce and other leafy vegetables are very healthy they can be a source of contamination, according to a new US based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.
Produce foods, a category that includes vegetables, fruits and nuts, sicken 4.4 million people a year a greater number than the 2.1 million illnesses caused by contaminated beef, pork, poultry and other meat.
However, the pathogens found on meat are generally more deadly than those found on vegetables, according to the report. The study analyzed food-borne disease outbreaks for 11 years from 1998 through 2008 to calculate an annual rate. Contaminated poultry is particularly deadly, accounting for 19% of food-related deaths, the CDC said.
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