Report Lists Top 10 Riskiest Foods


ice-creamMany of the foods that are supposed to be good for you could be the most likely to make you sick. “Unfortunately what we found is that some of the foods that are best for you nutritionally can be the riskiest for you in terms of food borne illness,” said Sarah Klein of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. A report out today lists the top 10 foods regulated by the FDA that have caused the most outbreaks.Leafy greens topped the list accounting for nearly a quarter of illnesses linked to contaminated foods, more than 13,000 cases since 1990.

Eggs came in second, followed by tuna, oysters and, as Klein said, “things that we love like cheese and potatoes. Those are all among the top 10.”

Many of the items in the report are common products found on an every day grocery list and some of them may even surprise you.

“Ice cream! I’m surprised. How can ice cream be risky?” laughed John McMillan of Brooklyn.

A scoop of the sweet treat ranked seventh, ahead of tomatoes and sprouts. Berries came in at number 10.

The CDC said an estimated 76 million cases of food borne illness occur in the U.S. each year, including 5,000 deaths. Many more go unreported, leading experts to think the actual total is much higher.

“Most of these illnesses are preventable and it’s just a matter of time before the next one strikes,” Klein said.

“It makes me think of cleaning my vegetables,” one resident said.

Experts, however, said that can only do so much. The FDA and the Department of Agriculture are teaming up to write new food safety rules for fresh produce so that a trip to the supermarket doesn’t end with a trip to the hospital.

{Health Watch, CBS/Noam Newscenter}


  1. I think we should all drink water and nothing else. Oh yeah, water has bugs in it!

    Or we could use it as an excuse to eat fatty packaged foods such as cookies and potato chips.Those foods are so preserved, there’s nothing to spoil in them!

    Just kidding. But you’ve gotta use sechel and not go crazy from all these reports