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A big government study has fingered leafy greens like lettuce and spinach as the leading source of food poisoning in America. Researcher, Doctor Patricia Griffin (and one of the study's authors), says the finding shouldn't discourage people from eating produce. Instead she repeated a familiar piece of advice, wash those foods well and cook them thoroughly.
The study did find that while more people got sick from plants, more people actually died from eating contaminated poultry.
Each year, about one in six Americans or about 48-million, get sick from food poisoning. That includes 128-thousand hospitalizations and 3-thousand deaths.
The Centers for Disease Control released the study and it's said to be the most comprehensive produced by the CDC on the sources of food poisoning from 1998 to 2008. It shows the improvements in the agency's sophistication at monitoring illnesses and finding their source.
About one in five illnesses were linked to leafy green vegetables. That's more than any other type of food. Nearly half of all food poisonings were linked to produce in general.
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