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The Center for Science in the Public Interest Lists 10 Riskiest Foods


EMSL Analytical provides food safety education and testing services to help ensure a safe food supply.

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Earlier this month the Center for Science in the Public Interest came out with a list of the ten riskiest foods for consumers to eat. They included, beginning with the riskiest: leafy greens, eggs, tuna, oysters, potatoes, cheese, ice cream, tomatoes, sprouts and berries.

The foods were ranked by the number of food-borne illness outbreaks associated with each group over the past 20 years. Leafy greens topped the list with 363 outbreaks and 13,568 reported illnesses. The top ten list included more than 1,500 outbreaks and almost 50,000 illnesses.

The food-borne illnesses ranged from minor stomach ailments to death and included pathogens ranging from bacteria to toxins. All ten food items are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and combined accounted for 40% of all food-borne outbreaks linked to FDA-regulated foods.

According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, “Since most food-borne illnesses are never reported, these outbreaks are only the tip of a large, hulking iceberg.” EMSL Analytical, a leading food and consumer products testing laboratory, has also been on the forefront of providing information about food testing and food safety to the general public and the food processing industry for years.

The company has invested heavily in educational content that can be found at such websites as, and at the corporate website “Providing testing solutions and educating the public about food safety and food poisoning risks has been a hallmark of EMSL’s public relations efforts,” stated Joe Frasca, Executive Vice President for EMSL Analytical, Inc. “EMSL has information and testing solutions for everything from food allergens, food-borne pathogens to contamination from mycotoxins.”

To learn more about food safety testing services contact EMSL Analytical at (800) 220-3675, visit or email

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a leading, national provider of environmental, consumer products and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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