The 10 foods on the list accounted for 40% of all food borne illness outbreaks since 1990, according to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Illnesses range from minor stomach cramps to kidney failure and death. Salmonella was associated with 33% of the outbreaks that were accounted for on the list.
The list and corresponding report concludes that thousands of people die each year from “preventable” food borne illnesses. “Unfortunately, FDA is saddled with outdated laws and lacks the authority, tools and resources to fight unsafe food,” the CSPI report concludes.
The time is now for Congress and The House of Representatives to take action, according to the report’s authors. “Two years ago, Congress expressed its commitment to adopt a modern regulatory oversight program and fund it adequately to fulfill its mission in the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007. It is time to move forward with strong public health oriented legislation to reduce food borne illnesses and outbreaks by focusing on prevention, not reaction,” said the authors of the CSPI published report. The report is available in its entirety on the CSPI website.
CSPI’s Top Ten Riskiest Foods Regulated by the FDA:
1. Leafy Greens
7. Ice Cream
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