Poultry is still the leading culprit in food poisoning outbreaks:
Chicken, turkey and other poultry accounted for 17 percent of the food-borne illness outbreaks reported to the government. Beef and leafy vegetables were close behind, at 16 percent and 14 percent.
The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention covers outbreaks in 2007. Poultry was also the No. 1 source of outbreaks in 2006. [...]
An estimated 87 million cases of food-borne illness occur in the United States each year, including 371,000 hospitalizations and 5,700 deaths, according to an Associated Press calculation that combines a CDC formula with recent population estimates. (source)
What are some of the easiest ways to avoid food poisoning?
- Wash your food well. Many pathogens can simply be washed away off of fruits and vegetables (though you cannot wash pathogens off of animal products like meat or cheese).
- Cook your food well, when possible. High temperatures kill many pathogens.
- Avoid foods that are likely to cause food poisoning, when possible. (For example, avoid eating chicken or beef.)
In my opinion, the best way to avoid food poisoning risk is to adopt a vegan diet that is mostly cooked foods (rather than raw) and to make sure any raw foods are thoroughly washed and prepared in a vegan kitchen before eating them.