"Study Ranks Food Pathogens by Cost To Society"

"Of the food pathogens that cost society the most money — in terms of medical care, lost days of work, long-term chronic health problems or deaths — half are found in poultry, pork, beef and other meat products, according to a study due for release Thursday.

For the first time, researchers used federal data on food-borne illnesses to link the pathogens — bacteria, viruses or parasites — and the foods that most often carry them and then ranked them according to the financial burden they place on society."

Lyndsey Layton reports for the Washington Post April 28, 2011.

Source: Wash Post, 04/28/2011