A selection of leafy green outbreaks since 1993; over 1300 ill

Because of a historical risk, leafy greens have been identified by the US FDA as a priority with in fresh produce safety (along with tomatoes, melons, sprouts and fresh herbs).

Here’s why: over 1300 illnesses in at least 34 outbreaks since 1993. See the below table for more details (or download it here).

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About Ben Chapman

Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.