Food Items of Special Concern

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 88% of all produce-related foodborne illness outbreaks are linked to the following five fruits and vegetables:

  1. Tomatoes (PDF)
  2. Melons (PDF)
  3. Lettuce and leafy greens (PDF)
  4. Sprouts
  5. Green onions (PDF)

Clicking on each of the foods above will bring you to food safety guidelines that are used for dealing with that particular food item.

The following photo album activity discusses some of the recent outbreaks resulting from these foods. Information about the outbreaks was compiled from these resources (PDF).


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