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The Center for the Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is out with a list of the top 10 riskiest foods, based foodborne illness outbreaks linked to foods regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – and as HealthDay News notes, “the list includes some of the healthiest and most popular foods consumed by Americans.”

The list is topped by leafy greens, and followed up by eggs, tuna, oysters, potatoes, cheese, ice cream, tomatoes, sprouts and berries.

HealthDay News writes that “along with salmonella and E. coli, other pathogens causing outbreaks associated with these foods include Campylobacter, Scombrotoxin, Norovirus and Vibrio. The report noted that foodborne illness outbreaks are becoming more common in the United States because of a complex, globalized food system, outdated food safety laws, and the rise of large-scale production and processing.”
KC's View:
Uh-oh. With the exception of cheese and sprouts, this list represents a decent percentage of my diet.

I like to think that one can sort of ameliorate the risks through proper washing and/or cooking…and, in some cases, by pairing them with the right foods and beverages. For example, if you pair oysters with beer, my assumption has always been that the alcohol will cut down the contamination risks.

After all, as the great poet/troubadour sings, Give me oysters and beer, for dinner every day of the year, and I’ll feel fine…