Video: Top 10 risky food pathogens

April 28, 2011, University of Florida

Researchers at the University of Florida have identified the top 10 riskiest combinations of food and disease-causing microorganisms. Number one on the list, a microorganism called campylobacter, which is linked with poultry. Researchers created the list in part as a guide for the Food and Drug Administration to adopt a more preventive approach to regulation.

Video: University of Florida

Glenn Morris/ Director, UF Emerging Institute: “There is a need to really focus on where the risks are and use that as a basis to defining where funds need to be spent to be able to get the best possible public health impact.”
Experts say consumers can generally kill pathogens when foods are cooked, but they may not think about contamination from foods they don’t cook.

Glenn Morris/ Director, UF Emerging Pathogens Institute: “For things like luncheon meats, for example, where the consumer doesn’t subsequently cook it, and if the product is contaminated when the consumer gets it, there’s really nothing they can do to make it any better before he or she eats it.”

The list also identified four pathogens that are high-risk for pregnant women, including a microorganism called toxoplasma found in pork and beef. Researchers say the best way to avoid poisoning is to use proper handling and cooking techniques when dealing with raw meats in the kitchen.

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Group suggests pushing age of adolescence to 24

January 22, 2018
A small group of researchers with the Royal Children's Hospital in Australia is suggesting that it might be time to change the span of years that define adolescence—from the current 10 to 19 to a proposed 10 to 24 years ...

Placental accumulation of flame retardant chemical alters serotonin production in rats

January 22, 2018
A North Carolina State University-led research team has shown a connection between exposure to a widely used flame retardant chemical mixture and disruption of normal placental function in rats, leading to altered production ...

Marijuana use does not lower chances of getting pregnant

January 22, 2018
Marijuana use—by either men or women—does not appear to lower a couple's chances of getting pregnant, according to a new study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers.

Women run faster after taking newly developed supplement, study finds

January 19, 2018
A new study found that women who took a specially prepared blend of minerals and nutrients for a month saw their 3-mile run times drop by almost a minute.

Americans are getting more sleep

January 19, 2018
Although more than one in three Americans still don't get enough sleep, a new analysis shows first signs of success in the fight for more shut eye. According to data from 181,335 respondents aged 15 and older who participated ...

Wine is good for you—to a point

January 18, 2018
The Mediterranean diet has become synonymous with healthy eating, but there's one thing in it that stands out: It's cool to drink wine.

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

momonamission
not rated yet May 16, 2011
Instead of posting about foods... why not start posting about how all the toxic chemicals you approve have an effect on us.. like all those cancer causing chemicals u allow companies to put into things we use everyday.. like i dont know ... laundry detergent... yes i really love washing my families clothes with a chemical that contain fiber glass as a filler.. why not spend the states money on something acturaly useful

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.