June 12, 2009
Poultry led in food-poisoning cases
Poultry was the most common source of food poisoning among 17 foods tracked in 2006 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, federal officials said.
Poultry was followed by leafy vegetables and fruits and nuts, the CDC said in a report released Thursday, the first by the federal government to identify how most people in the United States fall ill from tainted foods.
Salmonella was the second-leading cause of single-source food illness, the CDC said. Salmonella bacteria has been linked to nationwide outbreaks of illness from tainted tomatoes, peanut butter, spinach and tomatoes.
Dairy products accounted for 3 percent of traceable food-related outbreaks in 2006, with 71 percent of the cases linked to unpasteurized milk, the CDC said.
The CDC analyzed reports of food-related illnesses submitted by state and local health departments.