What foods are most associated with foodborne illnesses?
Raw foods of animal origin are most likely to be contaminated — raw meat, poultry, raw eggs, unpasteurized milk and raw shellfish.
But the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a private consumer group that has long warned about foodborne illnesses, also points out that pathogens, such as salmonella and norovirus, can lurk in leafy green vegetables.
Potatoes also are sometimes blamed for food borne illnesses, usually potato salads or other food dishes, and the cause is typically improperly handled raw meat or poultry ingredients.
According to KitchenDaily.com, foodborne illnesses have been caused by beef jerky, cheese and even ice cream.