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The Wall Street Journal reports that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is saying that "human infections from dangerous bacteria linked to food contamination rose last year, with a sharp increase in illnesses from organisms found in shellfish ... The number of infection cases reported in a sample group of states increased 3% in 2012 from the previous year, an agency calculation showed. That included a 25% surge in infections from the Vibrio bacterium, found in raw oysters and undercooked shellfish. Government officials said they couldn't pinpoint a reason for the surge."

And, the story says, "Human infections from the Campylobacter bacterium, commonly a result of eating undercooked poultry or from cross-contamination of other foods, were virtually flat from 2011, but showed a 14% increase from the 2006-2008 period."

"About 48 million people get sick from contaminated food every year," the CDC estimates.
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