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“The foods most likely to give you food poisoning” – Fruit and Vegetables aren’t off the hook

In the lead up to the Food Safety Information Council, Australian Food Safety Week themed, Shopping Food Safety, it was reported on www.news.com.au [7/11/13] that food borne illness may not be result of your chicken lunch but the salad…

Lorraine Belanger, spokeswoman for Food Standards Australia New Zealand, said a lot of foodborne illness happens in the home. And under the right circumstances anything can give you food poisoning.

“People think of chicken as the number one suspect but actually things like salads and cut fruit, if handled in wrong way or exposed to wrong things, can cause major foodborne outbreaks.” Many foodborne illnesses take days or weeks to manifest.
“When people get sick they think ‘Oh it was that thing I ate at lunch’ but it could be something they ate a week ago,” Ms Belanger said.

Juliana Madden, executive officer at the Food Safety Information Council, says vegetarians and vegans often think they’re more protected from food poisoning but this is not the case. “Some of the largest food safety issues that have popped up in the last few years have been things like baby spinach and tomatoes,” Ms Madden said.

The article highlighted to consumers seven foods that pose food poisoning risks:

  1. rice
  2. raw vegetables
  3. fruit
  4. sprouts
  5. chicken, duck and turkey
  6. eggs
  7. deli meats

To view the full article, click here.