CDC: Food poisonings related to poultry, shellfish increased in 2012

Atlanta – Food poisoning cases tied to bacteria in poultry, raw milk and shellfish rose sharply in 2012, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC analyzed data from FoodNet, a surveillance system covering 15 percent of the country. Although infections from pathogens such as E. coli remained stable, Campylobacter infections increased 14 percent and Vibrio infections increased 43 percent compared to 2006-2008 rates. Campylobacter is associated with raw or undercooked poultry, raw milk and produce; Vibrio lives in seawater and most often is linked to oysters.