9 Foods Most Likely to Cause Food Poisoning

Be careful when you eat these!

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Always make sure that leafy greens are washed thoroughly before they’re eaten.

If there’s one thing we all can agree on, it’s that getting food poisoning can be one of the most miserable experiences imaginable. Thankfully, we know which foods are most likely to make you sick, so be extra-careful when you eat these.

9 Foods Most Likely to Cause Food Poisoning (Slideshow)

Food poisoning can come in many different forms, and there have been some terrible outbreaks over the years. Most of these outbreaks have come from salmonella, which usually occurs when produce isn’t properly cleaned, or from E. coli, as a result of eating undercooked animal products. Another major cause of food poisoning is listeria, which can cause miscarriages, and hepatitis A and a whole host of other illnesses can be contracted through food.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year, about 76 million people contract foodborne illness, and about 5,000 of them die. That means that your odds of actually dying from food poisoning are pretty slim (chances of death are higher for the very young and very old), but you’re still going to have a bad time.

Unfortunately, food can become contaminated at any point during production and preparation. Chicken can be contaminated with E. coli while it’s still in the slaughterhouse, or it can begin to spoil while it’s being kept in a restaurant’s cooler. Same for vegetables; they can carry disease all the way from the farm to your table, or an inattentive cook might use the same knife he just used to de-bone a chicken on your lettuce. Thankfully, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has been keeping close tabs on which foods most commonly carry food poisoning.

So read on to learn which foods are the most likely to give you food poisoning, along with some tips on how to best avoid contracting it.

Leafy Greens

Because they’re uncooked and eaten by so many, leafy greens are one the most common food poisoning culprits, accounting for 8,836 reported cases of food-borne illness between 1998 and 2008, according to the CDC. Always make sure that vegetables are washed thoroughly before they’re eaten.

Raw Eggs

The risk of ingesting salmonella from raw eggs might be lower than it used to be, but there have still been more than 11,000 egg-related cases in recent years. Salmonella contaminates eggs before they’re even hatched, and is impossible to detect, so while those sunny side-up eggs might look tempting, opt for scrambled instead if you want to be safe. 

Click here for 7 more foods with higher odds of giving you food poisoning. 


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People concerned with food-borne illness should know that there has not been a reported case of food poisoning from the failure of metal food packaging in over 30 years. When you consider that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates more than 47.8 million people in the United States suffer from food borne illness, with nearly 128,000 of them requiring hospitalizations and another 3,000 dying from such illnesses, the food safety benefits from canned food and beverage are considerable and cannot be ignored. Indeed, when it comes to food safety, canned foods provide the highest level of protection, as compared to fresh, frozen or refrigerated food products.

Posted by the North American Metal Packaging Alliance, Inc.

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"Salmonella contaminates eggs even before they're hatched"? What idiot wrote that? Which proof reader deserves to die? You mean before they're laid.

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Raw milk is great and so are cheeses. This country misses out on a lot of great food out of pointless food fear. I get raw milk from a farm nearby.

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So what does "cleaning produce" really mean ?? Is just washing it off enough ?

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I would never eat raw meat or seafood and I keep a supply of vinyl gloves in a basket in my kitchen and any time I am handling meats or messy stuff I use them. I also have separate cutting boards.

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So, who sponsored this BS ?

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I checked with the BBB and was told that it is all legit. How they can sell gift cards, laptops, cameras, and all kinds of goodies that we all want for 50-90% off, I don’t know I do know that I bought my son an ipad there for less than $100 and my husband a $250 Low gift cards for $48. Why would I even think about shopping anyþlace else ?

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I buy almost everything except food and clothing from online auctions most people aren’t aware of the almost I unbelievable deals that they can get from online auction sites the site that has the best deals is
*****W w w.Blazeidea.C0M******
I checked with the BBB and was told that it is all legit. How they can sell gift cards, laptops, cameras, and all kinds of goodies that we all want for 50-90% off, I don’t know I do know that I bought my son an ipad there for less than $100 and my husband a $250 Low gift cards for $48. Why would I even think about shopping anyþlace else ?

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My grandfather, may he rest in peace, swallowed a raw egg a day until he was 85 and lived to be 93....so........

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if he continued eating raw eggs until he was 93 ,he would have lived till 101

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Here we go again with the raw milk - been drinking it for 25 years, no problem. Dairy farmers have been drinking raw milk from their cows for centuries and haven't had a problem. The criterion by which milk is considered fully pasteurized is not, as some people believe, the absence of bacteria. It is the absence of enzymes - you know, the little things that make us able to digest milk and, without them, people become lactose intolerant like my partner - until he started to drink raw milk. He no longer has a problem.

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Eat the oysters with lots of hot sauce and drink beer. No food poisoning.

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Why isn't our Country using irradiation to treat it's imported food as well a domestic foods. It kills foreign insects and larvae, extends shelf life, eliminates the need to use anti antibiotics in our meats, and kills nearly every bacteria. Despite some claims it's perfectly safe. The FDA approved it 50 years ago, as well as the USDA and CDC.
Food irradiation (the application of ionizing radiation to food) is a technology that improves the safety and extends the shelf life of foods by reducing or eliminating microorganisms and insects. Like pasteurizing milk and canning fruits and vegetables, irradiation can make food safer for the consumer.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for regulating the sources of radiation that are used to irradiate food. FDA approves a source of radiation for use on foods only after it has determined that irradiating the food is safe.
Why Irradiate Food?
Irradiation can serve many purposes.

Prevention of Foodborne Illness – irradiation can be used to effectively eliminate organisms that cause foodborne illness, such as Salmonella and Escherichia coli (E. coli).
Preservation – irradiation can be used to destroy or inactivate organisms that cause spoilage and decomposition and extend the shelf life of foods.
Control of Insects – irradiation can be used to destroy insects in or on tropical fruits imported into the United States. Irradiation also decreases the need for other pest-control practices that may harm the fruit.
Delay of Sprouting and Ripening – irradiation can be used to inhibit sprouting (e.g., potatoes) and delay ripening of fruit to increase longevity.
Sterilization – irradiation can be used to sterilize foods, which can then be stored for years without refrigeration. Sterilized foods are useful in hospitals for patients with severely impaired immune systems, such as patients with AIDS or undergoing chemotherapy. Foods that are sterilized by irradiation are exposed to substantially higher levels of treatment than those approved for general use.

Debunking Irradiation Myths
Irradiation does not make foods radioactive, compromise nutritional quality, or noticeably change the taste, texture, or appearance of food. In fact, any changes made by irradiation are so minimal that it is not easy to tell if a food has been irradiated.

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YOU ARE A COMPLETE IDIOT IF YOU THINK EATING RADIATED FOOD IS SAFE!!!!

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You are an IDIOT if you think eating radiated food is safe!!

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Spoiled onions (onions that have been chopped sliced diced or whole) that have been left out in room temps for too long will make you sooooo sick that you will vomit and diarrhea excessively. It is not anything you want to expiriance. It was awful, I felt like I was going to die. vomit 11 times in just a few hours. vomit while sitting on the toilet having diarrhea at the same time. Im 20+ years older now after it happened, and if that were to happen now, I probably would not survive.

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I'm safe, just a Burger Nutt and Steak Nutt basically. So 2 against 7 until poisoned.

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The absolute worst is fish…. I wanted to die…..

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