According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), food-borne disease outbreaks in the U.S. caused by imported foods increased in 2009 and 2010. The CDC believes that the food-borne outbreaks have increased due to our food supply becoming more global, allowing U.S. consumers to be exposed to germs from all around the world. Reuters reports that between 2005 and 2010, 39 outbreaks and 2,348 illnesses were linked to imported foods from 15 countries, almost half of the outbreaks occurred between 2009 and 2010.
Fish was the common source of imported food outbreaks, followed by spices. Forty-five percent of the imported foods that caused outbreaks came from Asia.
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