Macleans reports that contrary to popular belief, vegetables and fruit — not chicken and eggs — are the top causes of large salmonella outbreaks, according to a U.S. study. And produce-related outbreaks tend to be larger than poultry-related outbreaks and sicken more people.
The analysis by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in Washington, D.C., showed that contaminated tomatoes, sprouts and other produce made 28,315 Americans sick during 554 outbreaks from 1990 to 2003. On the other hand, chicken made 14,729 people sick in 476 outbreaks and eggs were responsible for 10,847 illnesses from 329 outbreaks.

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