I came across this cool WSJ healthblog as I was skimming my GoogleReader.
It is well known that foodborne illnesses can cause significant morbidity and mortality. A new report from the University of Florida's Emerging Pathogens Institute, summarized and linked from the WSJ article, details the 10 deadliest pathogen-food combinations.
- Campylobacter in poultry: $1.3 billion annually, 9,500 lost quality adjusted life years (QALYs)
- Toxoplasma in pork: $1.2 billion, 4,500 QALYs
- Listeria in deli meats: $1.1 billion, 4,000 QALYs
- Salmonella in poultry: $700 million, 3,600 QALYs
- Listeria in dairy products: $700 million, 2,600 QALYs
- Salmonella in complex foods: $600 million, 3,200 QALYs
- Norovirus in complex foods: $900 million, 2,300 QALYs
- Salmonella in produce: $500 million, 2,800 QALYs
- Toxoplasma in beef: $700 million, 2,500 QALYs
- Salmonella in eggs: $400 million, 1,900 QALYs
Carnivores are not exclusively at risk, even vegetarians can get Salmonella from produce.