Food Engineering

Green salad, contaminated poultry top list of foodborne illness causes

A new program urges consumers not to avoid certain foods but improve safe food handling skills.

February 1, 2013

Green salad, contaminated poultry top list of foodborne illness causes

A new study from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzes outbreaks of foodborne illnesses and found that contaminated green salads make the most people sick, but contaminated poultry resulted in the most deaths. Norovirus accounted for 46 percent of illnesses in the study. In light of the research, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods have established the Home Food Safety program. The program encourages Americans to practice safe food handling at home rather than avoid certain foods due to a higher contamination risk. Visit www.homefoodsafety.org for more information.