NY Times reports:
“Poultry was the most commonly identified source of food poisoning in the United States in 2006″
Here’s a video about poultry production:
Warning: The video is difficult to watch and may not be suitable for sensitive viewers.
The article also says that “leafy vegetables and fruits and nuts” are the second leading cause of food poisoning. Why would that be when the food borne illnesses that come from bacterias like E. Coli and Salmonella are produced in animals, not plants? Well, it’s probably because they’ve been contaminated with bacteria from animal sources (for example, at processing plants that also handle meat or from farm workers who don’t wash their hands). And because leafy veggies, fruits, and nuts are often consumed raw. But bacteria present in animal-based foods like meat and dairy, are usually cooked or pasteurized first, which kills the bacteria.
So what’s the take-home message? Get the dead animals out of your kitchen, wash your hands, and wash your food.