More bad news from the Times

The NY Times blog Well reported recently on a list compiled by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group that tracks food safety issues, of 10 common foods responsible for a large number of outbreaks of food-borne illnesses.

The top 10 foods account for 1,500 separate outbreaks accounting for about 50,000 cases of food poisoning, some of which ended in long-term disability and death. The list comes from the group’s database of outbreaks, compiled from state and federal government reports, scientific articles and news reports. The list only focuses on foods overseen by the Food and Drug Administration, so it doesn’t include meats, which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The list:

  1. Leafy greens
  2. Eggs*
  3. Tuna (fresh)
  4. Oysters
  5. Potatoes
  6. Cheese
  7. Ice cream
  8. Tomatoes
  9. Sprouts
  10. Berries

*Interestingly, the egg problem (primarily salmonella) is not caused by dirty eggs, but by chickens carrying the salmonella virus.

The post did not go into detail about most of the list, but you can read the full report here. I’m even happier to be a gardener and have my own hens today than I was yesterday!


3 Responses to “More bad news from the Times”

  1. Randy Says:

    Great we eat greens all the time. But they are either home grown or from the local farmers market.

  2. julie Says:

    Just reinforces the fact to buy local, home grown, organic or as natural as possible. I believe if a product says prewashed, wash again regardless. Still no eggs as of yet.

    • Ali Says:

      Julie, how many weeks old are your girls? I know they are a few weeks older than ours. I wonder if they are slow to begin due to the decreasing daylight?

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