The 10 largest multi-state food poisoning outbreaks of 2012 poisoned 1,071 people in 45 states.
Various strains of just three pathogens- Salmonella, E.coli and Listeriawere the cause of the 10 largest multi-state foodborne illness outbreaks, based on the total number of people sickened.
Six of them were caused by Salmonella, three byE.coli and one by Listeria.
These dangerous bacteria made their way into unsuspecting consumers through a variety of food sources including meat, cheese, fish, peanut butter, fruit and vegetables.
Three of the foods; tuna, cheese and mangoes were imported.
Five of the food sources: cantaloupe, ground beef, spinach and spring mix, clover sprouts, and peanut butter, were produced domestically. (The specific food source for two of the outbreaks was not determined.)
As is the case with all reported food poisoning outbreaks, the reported number of people s…
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