Leafy Greens Will Kill You – Top Foodborne Illness List

GREENForget about swine flu, leafy green vegetables pose the greatest risk to public health, by way of foodborne illnesses like salmonella and E. coli.

It seems pathogens usually linked to meat have made the leap to vegetables, a result of outdated safety laws, mass-production, and global food markets.

Using data from the CDC, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has compiled a list of the 10 most dangerous foods.

Leafy greens, such as lettuce and spinach, topped a list which includes: eggs, tuna, oysters, potatoes, cheese, ice cream, tomatoes, sprouts, and berries.

As the “winner” green vegetables reported 363 outbreaks with 13,568 cases of illness from 1990 to 2006. At the bottom of the list, berries got off easy with 25 outbreaks with 3,397 reported cases of illness.

So the CSPI lauds the new Food Safety Enhancement Act, passed by the House of Representatives in July, granting the FDA more authority to crackdown on food production and growing facilities.

I think within the next 10 years food safety will be greatly improved. It is becoming too obvious that a big food system requires a lot more checks and balances.

Via HealthDay News.

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  • John  October 7, 2009 at 4:21 am

    That doesn’t mean you invite Big Gov to take over our home gardens, which is what they will do if this bill passes.

  • CAfarmer  October 8, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Worse than Big Government, the Leafy Greens Initiative is written and backed by the Leafy Greens Marketing Association. They represent ALL of and ONLY the giant companies producing leafy greens.

  • CAfarmer  October 8, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Worse than Big Giovernment, the Leafy Greens Initiative is written and backed by the Leafy Greens Marketiong Association, representing ALL of the big growers and marketers of leafy greens (there are only a handful controlling most of the production).
    Their intent is threefold: 1 To give the appearance of enhancing food safety. 2 To give a marketing edge to their member/supporters. 3 To make it difficult for small growers to compete or even legally sell their product.
    Big Government is only rubber-stamping this fiasco! Small growers who are harvesting their product by hand are not the source of any of these contaminations.

  • Food Safety Certification  November 16, 2009 at 9:56 am

    why do we have to wait for the next ten years for FDA to improve, why not now, what are we paying our taxes for, this mismanagement by the government, FDA is receiving good fundings but still they are unable to cope with food borne illness cases.

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