Top 10 Dangerous Pathogens

New research reveals the first comprehensive ranking of food-pathogen combinations.


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A new report from the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida identified the 10 riskiest food-pathogen combinations, the top five of which are linked to meat and dairy products—campylobacter and poultry, toxoplasma and pork, listeria and deli meats, salmonella and poultry, and listeria in dairy products. Michael Batz, lead author of the report, believes that the government must work together to solve the US’ food-safety problems. “If we don’t identify which pairs of foods and microbes present the greatest burden, we’ll waste time and resources and put even more people at risk,” he says in a news release.