Study: Leafy greens are top source of food poisoning

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Fruits and nuts were credited with 96 additional deaths, making 334 total deaths for produce of all types. The CDC estimated 417 deaths from all kinds of meat and poultry, another 140 from dairy and 71 from eggs.

Red meat once was seen as one of the leading sources of food poisoning, partly because of a deadly outbreak of E. coli associated with hamburger. But Dr. Griffin and Mr. Doyle said there have been significant safety improvements in beef handling. In the study, beef was the source of fewer than 4 percent of food-related deaths and fewer than 7 percent of illnesses.

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