The Good News About E. Coli Food Poisoning

NEW YORK (AP) — Fewer Americans are getting sick from a nasty germ sometimes found in undercooked hamburgers, the government reported Thursday. The latest report card on food poisoning shows illnesses from a dangerous form of E. coli bacteria have fallen 20 percent in the last few years. That E. coli strain got attention in the early 1990s when it was the culprit in a deadly outbreak linked to hamburger meat. Leafy vegetables have also been tied to illnesses; a 2006 outbreak of E. coli was traced to contaminated fresh spinach. Regulatory scrutiny of the beef industry since then has contributed to the decline, as has voluntary changes in the produce industry, health officials said. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counts food poisoning cases in only 10 states, but is believed to be a good indicator of national trends. In those states, total illnesses and deaths have been relatively stable over the last five years. Over the last four years, illness rates were also flat for these leading causes of food poisoning: — Salmonella, which continues to be the No. 1 cause of food poisoning. Salmonella accounts for about 38 percent of illnesses— far more than the 6 percent attributed to E. coli. — Campylobacter, a bacteria commonly linked to raw milk and poultry, which ranks second. — Listeria, which continues to be particularly dangerous but also rare. A recent deadly listeria outbreak was been linked to ice cream. The...
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The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention issued a new report on food safety this week that had a little good news, and quite a bit of bad news, for American consumers. The report, which is based on data collected by the CDC's FoodNet program, compared food poisoning rates in two three-year periods, 2006-2008 and 2011-2013. It showed that infections caused by the dangerous O157 strain of E. coli, which caused the notorious Jack in the Box food poisoning outbreak of 1993, declined by 32 percent between those two periods. Sicknesses associated with Yersinia and Salmonella serotype Typhimurium also dipped over that sam...
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