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Leafy Greens Top List of Riskiest Foods

From the Center For Science In The Public Interest:


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Leafy Greens, Eggs, & Tuna Top List of Riskiest FDA-Regulated Foods

CSPI Urges Senate to Pass Food Safety Modernization Act

October 6, 2009

WASHINGTON—Leafy greens, eggs, and tuna are on the top of a list of the 10 riskiest foods regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Those and seven other foods account for nearly 40 percent of all foodborne outbreaks linked to FDA-regulated food. That’s no reason to forgo the occasional salad Niçoise, says the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which authored the report, nor need one pass up tomatoes, sprouts, and berries, even though those foods are also on the list. But the nonprofit watchdog group says the presence of so many healthy foods on such a list is exactly why the United States Senate should follow the House and pass legislation that reforms our fossilized food safety laws.

The FDA is responsible for regulating produce, seafood, egg and dairy products, as well as typical packaged foods such as cookie dough and peanut butter—nearly 80 percent of the food supply. More than 1,500 separate, definable outbreaks were associated with the top 10 riskiest FDA-regulated foods, causing nearly 50,000 reported illnesses. Since most foodborne illnesses are never reported, these outbreaks are only the tip of a large, hulking iceberg.

"Outbreaks give the best evidence of where and when the food safety system is failing to protect the public," said CSPI staff attorney Sarah Klein, the lead author of the report. "It is clearly time for FDA’s reliance on industry self-regulation to come to an end. The absence of safety plans or frequent inspections unfortunately means that some of our favorite and most healthful foods also top the list of the most risky."

CSPI identified 363 outbreaks linked to iceberg lettuce, romaine, spinach, and other leafy greens, variously contaminated with E. coli, Norovirus, or Salmonella, and causing 13,568 cases of illness. Manure, contaminated irrigation water, or poor handling practices are all possible culprits in those outbreaks. The FDA does not currently require farms and processors to have written food safety plans, nor does it provide specific safety standards for even the largest growers to meet.

Eggs were linked 352 outbreaks and 11,163 illnesses; tuna to 268 outbreaks and 2,341 cases of illness, and oysters—despite their limited consumption—to 132 outbreaks causing 3,409 illnesses. Outbreaks involving potatoes don’t seem to make headlines, but nevertheless they are linked to 108 outbreaks and 3,659 cases of illness. Cheese, ice cream, tomatoes, sprouts, and berries round out the top 10 list. The data come from CSPI’s Outbreak Alert! Database, which includes outbreaks from 1990 to 2006, using data collected from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other sources

There is just no way around it.

We are all going to die.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Leafy Greens Top List of Riskiest Foods”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    “There is just no way around it. We are all gonna die.”

    Some faster than others under the Bamsters’ uncaring Care!

    I’ll pass on the Arugula, too!

  2. TwilightZoned says:

    “There is just no way around it. We are all gonna die.”

    No question about it…with the H1N1 scam, the fix is in!

  3. Confucius says:


    Watch Barack Obama poison his family for CBS’ Steve Croft:


    It’s delicious.

  4. proreason says:

    I’m a 60%er !!!!

  5. imnewatthis says:

    I saw this too. I’ve been vegetarian since 1996 and I eat leafy greens (cilantro, mint, arugula, watercress, broccoli rabe, flat parsley, dandelion greens, etc.), eggs, cheese, and berries constantly. I crave these foods. (unfortunately, I also crave cinnamon buns, muffins, and pizza bites!)Over the past couple of years, I’ve started to eat a little kielbasa or other things I like if a coworker offers me some. I don’t worry about food poisoning that much. I’m more worried about being forced to pay for benefits for illegals (for now), reparations, world poverty, etc. Not to mention George Soros, all the creepy czars, etc. Anyone here a Glenn Beck fan, or am I the only paranoid one? I think he is researching and exposing things no one else is. I know a lot of people don’t like him. My husband often puts him down just when I’m sitting there agreeing with everything he’s saying.

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