Data Released on 2016 Foodborne Disease Outbreaks

More than 14,000 people in the U.S. were sickened during foodborne disease outbreaks in 2016, according to a new report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); 875 of these people were hospitalized, and 17 died. The categories of food responsible for most of these illnesses were mollusks such as oysters and scallops (529 illnesses), pork (438 illnesses), grains and beans (383 illnesses), and chicken (356 illnesses).

In these outbreaks, restaurants were the most commonly reported location where food was prepared (459 outbreaks), specifically restaurants with sit-down dining (363 outbreaks).

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