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Food Poisoning Remains Persistent Problem, US Report Finds

Romaine Lettuce is among the products that has been tied to recent illnesses. Romaine Lettuce is among the products that has been tied to recent illnesses. |  Photo: Centers for Disease Control

CANDICE CHOI, AP Food & Health Writer
Created: April 25, 2019 03:28 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. food poisoning outbreaks don't appear to be going away anytime soon, as shown by recent illnesses tied to raw turkey, ground beef, cut melon and romaine lettuce.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in a report Thursday that the frequency of several types of infections climbed last year, but that the increases may be the result of new diagnostic tools that help identify more cases.

While new tests make comparisons to past years difficult, the CDC says the overall frequency of food poisoning has remained largely unchanged.

One CDC official says the figures show more needs to be done to make food safer and notes the two most common sources of infection have remained persistent problems for years.

The report is based on surveillance in 10 states.

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CANDICE CHOI, AP Food & Health Writer

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