Jun 12, 2009
Chicken takes the cake as the most common source of food poisoning in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released today. The report, which analyzed data from 2006's outbreaks of foodborne illnesses in the U.S., found that chicken caused 21 percent of the 27,634 reported cases of food poisoning. Leafy vegetables, such as spinach, were the second-most frequent source, and fruits and nuts were the third.
"Identification of particular food commodities that have caused the outbreaks can help public health officials and the food industry to target control efforts from the farm to the table," chief of the CDC's Diseases Epidemiology Branch, Patricia Griffin, said in a statement.
What was in all these nasty nibbles? More than half of sickened diners had gotten the norovirus, which makes its way into food when a handler doesn't wash their hands after going to the bathroom. Salmonella—the culprit in the peanut butter scare earlier this year—was the next most common. It often comes from animal feces-contaminated food that's undercooked (or not cooked at all).
Jan 15, 2009
In the wake of a nationwide salmonella outbreak, cereal maker Kellogg has halted sales of its popular Keebler and Austin brand peanut butter crackers as a "precautionary measure" and is urging consumers not to eat the popular snacks. The move comes on the heels of word that contaminated peanut butter, which has reportedly sickened more than 430 people in 43 states, may be linked to two more deaths (in Idaho and Minnesota), bringing the total fatalities to five. (Two deaths in Virginia and one in Minnesota were confirmed earlier this week.)
The cereal giant, based in Battle Creek, Mich., said that there were no reported problems with the snacks but that it was taking the action after one of its suppliers, Peanut Corp. of America, announced a nationwide recall of its peanut butter made in a Georgia plant.
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