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The Dirty Top 40 – Annual Disease Burden of All Pathogen/Food Combinations

I love the folks at the University of Florida Emerging Pathogens Institute for keeping track of all the data of foodborne illness burden and publishing it last month in the Journal of Food Protection.  The top ten alone cost us over $8,000,000,0000 yearly.  Here is the Top 40 List by number of illnesses caused on an annual basis in the Untied States:

1.  Campylobacter/Poultry

2.  Toxoplasma/Pork

3.  Listeria/Deli Meats

4.  Salmonella/Poultry

5.  Listeria/Dairy

6.  Norovirus/Complex*

7.  Salmonella/Complex

8.  Toxoplasma/Beef

9.  Salmonella/Produce

10. Toxoplasma/Game

11.  Salmonella/Eggs

12.  Listeria/Complex

13.  Salmonella/Beef

14.  Salmonella/Pork

15.  Norovirus/Produce

16.  Salmonella/Dairy

17.  Yersinia/Pork

18.  Toxoplasma/Produce

19.  V. vulnificus/Seafood

20.  Campylobacter/Dairy

21.  Salmonella/Seafood

22.  E. coli O157/Beef

23.  Norovirus/Seafood

24.  Listeria/Pork

25.  Listeria/Poultry

26.  Listeria/Produce

27.  Listeria/Seafood

28.  Campylobacter/Produce

29.  Norovirus/Bakery

30.  Norovirus/Poultry

31.  Salmonella/Deli Meats

32.  Campylobacter/Pork

33.  Campylobacter/Beef

34.  Toxoplasma/Poultry

35.  Salmonella/Bakery

36.  C. perfringens/Beef

37.  Vibrio other/Seafood

38.  C. perfringens/Poultry

39.  Shigella/Complex

40.  Campylobacter/Eggs

* Multiple ingredient food item

  • Lewis Kimble

    Thanks for providing this reference! Tables 3 and 4 were very helpful from an environmental health perspecting, which foods are the most likely vehicle of transmission. Brilliant.