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New Sensor To Detect Food-Borne Bacteria On Site 10

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from the just-eat-it dept.
Zothecula (1870348) writes According to the CDC, around 48 million people in the US get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die as a result of foodborne illnesses every year. One of the main culprits is listeriosis (or listeria), which is responsible for approximately 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths. Now researchers at the University of Southampton are using a device designed to detect the most common cause of listeriosis directly on food preparation surfaces, without the need to send samples away for laboratory testing.
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New Sensor To Detect Food-Borne Bacteria On Site

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  • main? (Score:5, Informative)

    by arth1 (260657) on Monday June 16, 2014 @01:26PM (#47247371) Homepage Journal

    If Listeria is responsible for 1,600 out of 128,000 (1.25%) of foodborne illnesses and 260 out of 3,000 (8.7%) of the deaths, I would not call it one of the [b]main[/b] culprits.

    I'm also uncertain which CDC TFH has its numbers from. Checking with the CDC web site [cdc.gov], I find:

    During January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010, public health departments reported 1,527 foodborne disease outbreaks, resulting in 29,444 cases of illness, 1,184 hospitalizations, and 23 deaths.

    That's quite different figures from what the header here says.

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