Produce linked to more disease cases than poultry

first_img Beverages: 66 and 2,643 Breads and bakery: 116 outbreaks, 3,493 cases CSPI report The group identified a total of 4,486 outbreaks involving 138,622 cases over the 14-year period, with only 7% of the outbreak reports coming from sources other than the CDC. The other leading illness-causing food categories were beef and beef dishes, 438 outbreaks with 12,702 cases, and eggs and egg dishes, 329 outbreaks with 10,847 cases. Pork and pork dishes: 170 and 5,859 Salmonella, noroviruses, and Cyclospora species accounted for most of the produce-related outbreaks, the report says. CSPI news release CSPI reported that 554 illness outbreaks totaling 28,315 cases were linked to produce and produce dishes between 1990 and 2003. Poultry, the second largest category, was blamed for 476 outbreaks with 14,729 cases. However, foodborne disease surveillance and research activities should remain in their present agencies, the report recommends. Produce-related outbreaks caused an average of 51 cases each, according to the report. Vegetables were blamed for 205 outbreaks involving 10,358 cases, and fruits for 93 outbreaks with 7,799 cases. Another 10,158 cases were traced to dishes involving more than one produce item. Dairy products were blamed for 153 outbreaks totaling 5,156 cases. Almost a third of the outbreaks (32%) were linked to unpasteurized items. See also: CSPI compiles foodborne-illness data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state health departments, and peer-reviewed journal articles. The database includes only the outbreaks in which two or more people got sick from eating the same food. CSPI also calls for a single federal agency to regulate food safety, in place of the current system involving 10 different agencies. The report notes that the Institute of Medicine and Congress’s Government Accountability Office have made similar recommendations. Numbers of outbreaks and cases linked with other food items include: Another 812 outbreaks totaling 23,126 cases were traced to multiple-ingredient foods, such as pizza and salads, in which the contaminated ingredient was not identified, the report says. In particular, fresh produce may be surpassing poultry as a cause of Salmonella infections, according to CSPI. “From 1990 to 2001 poultry accounted for 121 Salmonella outbreaks and produce accounted for 80,” the group said in a news release. “But in 2002-2003, produce accounted for 31 Salmonella outbreaks and poultry accounted for 29.” Dec 1, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Contaminated vegetables and fruits caused more cases of disease in recent years than poultry, eggs, or other food groups did, according to a recent report by the consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). The report says the CDC has made several improvements in its foodborne disease surveillance and reporting programs in recent years but needs to do more. The agency “should mandate reporting by states, provide real-time reporting of outbreaks, and organize outbreaks by food hazard [rather than by pathogen] to increase the utility of its information,” CSPI asserts. Luncheon and other meats: 145 and 5,287 The report says seafood was implicated in the largest number of outbreaks, 899, but the outbreaks were relatively small at about 10 cases each, for a total of 9,312 cases. To limit produce contamination, Caroline Smith DeWaal of CSPI commented in the news release, “FDA [the Food and Drug Administration] should require growers to limit the use of manure to times and products where it poses no risk. And packers and shippers should mark packaging to ensure easy traceback when fruits and vegetables are implicated in an outbreak.”last_img read more

Softball: Badgers bouncing back in big way in 2016

first_imgThe 2016 season for the University of Wisconsin softball team started off with a bang, with the Badgers taking down opponents such as the No. 39 California and No. 19 South Florida in February.It was only the first month of the season, but the Badgers were already oozing with confidence.At that point, after a disappointing 21-31 campaign in 2015, it was clear the Badgers were taking names, big and small, across the country and showed no signs of stopping. They were in store for a bounce-back season.Even though most of their games consisted of tournament play for the first few weeks, the Badgers continued carrying the momentum they had begun to build when they started playing a more traditional schedule.Their biggest tests, however, wouldn’t come for a while —  they would finally see how they matched up against the Big Ten Conference. The Badgers would play 26 games before they saw another Big Ten team in action.Their first Big Ten team was Michigan State University, who the Badgers defeated 2-1 in the series. Momentum continued for the team, and they started to find themselves in the position to take on highly-ranked teams within their own conference.This was all in head coach Yvette Healy’s mind when she started the season.“Every year we talk about ‘How can you have a good Big Ten season?’” Healy said. “You try to say ‘try to get a win against everybody’ and when you’re really good you try to sweep a couple of teams.”Healy got her wish — Wisconsin has acquired wins from every Big Ten team they have met this season.Perhaps one of their biggest wins came when Wisconsin stumped Minnesota at home. Minnesota, which is currently ranked No. 21 nationally, is a tough opponent to beat.With wins against Minnesota and University of Illinois, it is clear this underdog team is capable of taking on anyone. While their national ranking of No. 69 might not show their true potential, it is clear this is a team on the rise in the Big Ten.“It doesn’t matter what team we face, we can take on anybody,” sophomore infielder Sam Arnets said. “No matter their numbers, no matter how good of pitching they have, we can take them on.”Arnets believes inexperience was one of the major downfalls of last year’s struggling team, which was comprised mostly of underclassmen.Softball: Freshman standout continues to make strides in debut seasonThe University of Wisconsin softball team won 21 games last season and at the time, Melanie Cross was playing softball Read…“Coach Healy talks about experience and being there,” Arnets said. “I think that last year was really hard because we were a really young team and we didn’t have that [Big Ten] experience. We struggled early on.”Above all, perhaps the most impressive milestone the Badgers reached this season was a win against Northwestern in their final home series of the season, which gave UW 10 Big Ten wins on the season.Healy believes for a team like this, one of the more telling marks of achievement in a season is reaching double-digit wins in a conference like the Big Ten.“Trying to get to 10 Big Ten wins is a big benchmark, so any season that you can put up double digit wins in the Big Ten you’re a quality program,” Healy said. “In the scope of the 20 years of the program, it doesn’t happen that often, so I think that it’s a special day.”Softball: Badgers take one of three against Northwestern in final outing at GoodmanThe University of Wisconsin women’s softball team had a fairly momentous weekend, taking on the Northwestern Wildcats in their last Read…The Badgers aren’t looking to settle at 10 wins, with one final series before the Big Ten Tournament against Nebraska where they can build on an already-successful season.last_img read more