Report determines biggest culprits of foodborne illness

February 24, 2015 9:41 PM

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Report determines biggest culprits of foodborne illness

It's happened to just about everybody at one time or another -- the awful gastrointestinal symptoms of food poisoning. One out of six Americans suffer a bout of it each year, and one of the most common causes is foodborne bacteria.

A new report by a collaboration of U.S. federal health agencies finds that potentially lethal bacteria in food is to blame for some 9 million cases of illness annually. Some 55,000 people a year are hospitalized for illnesses caused by foodborne bacteria, and 1,000 die.

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