Foodborne illness is on the rise, chicken especially risky
April 23rd, 2013
05:45 PM ET
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Despite food safety measures, the threat of foodborne illness remains in meat and produce - and some types of illness are on the rise, recent reports say.

About 48 million people contract some form of food poisoning each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Salmonella remained the top cause of foodborne illness last year, according to the CDC's 2012 report card on food poisoning, issued Thursday. However, the overall instance of Salmonella was unchanged from the 2006-08 data, the agency said. The report card is based on reports from 10 U.S. regions, representing about 15% of the country.

The second most common cause of illness was Campylobacter, which increased 14% over the 2006-08 data, the CDC said. Campylobacter lives on live chickens and can taint meat during slaughter; it can also be found in raw, unpasteurized milk.

Chicken and ground beef top a list of "risky meat" published Tuesday by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Researchers from this advocacy group examined data from foodborne illness outbreaks over a 12-year period and found between 1998 and 2010, meat and poultry products were linked to "at least 1,714 outbreaks involving 33,372 illnesses."

Read - Food poisoning: What you need to know

Consumer resources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Food and Drug Administration's Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts
FDA Food Safety
United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Education

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Edwin

    I'll take my chances.

    April 24, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
  2. Sheepleader

    First of all, Junior Samples in the photo isn't wearing a glove on his right hand and he's touching the chicken. Probably just came from the bathroom without washing his hands, too. Can't tell if he's wearing a rubber glove under the protective gloved on his left hand. Good to know he's protected from getting cut. Now how 'bout protecting his clients/guests from the contaminated chicken?

    There. Did I appropriately touch on all the fears from the stock photo? Good. Move on.

    April 24, 2013 at 7:36 am |
  3. FogHorn LegHorn

    I think I have Bird Flu...We Demand Obama Care–It will fix everything. :)))))

    April 24, 2013 at 7:30 am |
  4. Bob1god

    1st post, yeah, but seriously folks, our food b killing us , what's up with dat!

    April 24, 2013 at 6:17 am |
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