Fresh produce an increasing source of Salmonella, group says

US - Fresh produce is catching up with chicken as a major culprit of Salmonella infections in the US, according to an analysis of food-poisoning outbreaks by a consumer lobby group.

The Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) report serves as a warning sign for food processors using fruit and vegetables for the products.

Food safety has been a growing concern for consumers and regulatory agencies and the statistics could serve to widen those fears.

Last week a University of Minnesota study showed that antibiotics given to livestock can end up in vegetables and pose a health threat to consumers.

The Minnesota study examined tthe use of animal manure as a fertilizer for vegetable crops.

The new CSPI study indicates produce-related outbreaks tend to be larger than poultry-related outbreaks, and sicken more people, sometimes hundreds at a time, CSPI stated.

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