New Study Reveals Most Common Causes Of Food Poisoning

03/03/2015 02:42 pm ET | Updated Mar 03, 2015

If you're one of the 50 million Americans who have suffered from food poisoning each year, chances are you're not entirely sure what caused it. Perhaps it was last night's sushi or maybe the milk you weren't sure had gone bad? Well, new research may make it easier for you to trace the culprit.

This study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration tested four major pathogens: E. coli, salmonella, listeria and campylobacter. The research found that from 2008 to 2012, 46 percent of E. coli cases came from beef, 18 percent of salmonella cases came from seeded vegetables and 66 percent of campylobacter cases came from dairy products.

To prevent food poisoning, the CDC recommends washing your hands and surfaces often, avoiding cross-contamination of foods, using a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperatures and refrigerating foods promptly.

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