The Center for Science in the Public Interest lists the top 10 foods regulated by the FDA that provide the greatest risk of causing foodborne illness. The irony of this list is that many of the foods on the list have the most nutritive value. Foodborne illnesses are usually caused by pathogens such as Salmonella and E-coli O157:H7 and less common pathogens including Campylobacter, Scornbrotoxi, Norovirus and Vibrio. Illness caused by these pathogens can be mild such as stomach pain and diarrhea or serious illness such as kidney failure or death.
List of Riskiest Foods
These 10 foods are responsible for 40% of all foodborne illness outbreaks linked to FDA-regulated foods since 1990. The number of reported cases is based on data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and collected between 1990 to 2006.
- Leafy greens – 13,568 reported cases of illness
- Eggs – 11,163 reported cases of illness
- Tuna – 2, 341 reported cases of illness
- Oysters – 3,409 reported cases of illness
- Potatoes – 3,659 reported cases of illness
- Cheese – 2,761 reported cases of illness
- Ice cream – 2,594 reported cases of illness
- Tomatoes – 3,292 report cases of illness
- Sprouts – 2,022 reported cases of illness
- Berries – 3,397 reported cases of illness
One has to realize that this data only relates to reported and investigated cases. Most people do not seek treatment by a physician for a foodborne illness nor do they have the testing which is required to determine the cause of the illness. There, these cases reported are only a sampling of the actual number of people who became ill. Health officials estimate that unsafe food causes more than 10 million illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths in the United States each year.
See the complete CSPI Report.
If you or a loved one have become severely ill due to a foodborne illness, or a loved one has died, you should contact a personal injury attorney with experience in representing food poisoning victims and their families. At The Farber Law Group, we have more than 30 years experience representing foodborne illness victims and helping them obtain compensation for their medical costs and damages.