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Factory Farm Responsible for Lettuce Contamination

According to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics,1 there were 5,760 reported foodborne outbreaks between 2009 and 2015, resulting in 100,939 illnesses, 5,699 hospitalizations and 145 deaths. Contaminated vegetables were responsible for 10 percent of these illnesses.  Most people tend to associate foodborne illness with insufficiently cooked meats and, indeed, chicken causes the greatest number of outbreak-associated illnesses. Between 2009 and 2015, contaminated chicken was responsible for 12 percent of foodborne illnesses.  But what would cause a vegetable to be contaminated with a pathogen capable of making you sick?  Read more...



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