Raw Milk, Poultry, Shellfish May Be Causing Spike in Food Poisonings

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In recent years, the number of cases of food poisoning has been fairly constant. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that cases of campylobacter have increased 14 percent over the past five years — a bacteria that’s often linked to raw milk and poultry. There’s also been a 43 percent spike in illnesses caused by the vibrio bacteria, which is associated with shellfish. It’s hard to say definitively whether these foods are the source of more and more illnesses, but raw milk sure doesn’t have a good track record. [Earlier, AP]