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The decade's 10 biggest food-borne illness outbreaks

By Jacque Wilson, CNN
updated 8:00 AM EDT, Thu November 3, 2011
Tainted cantaloupes have left 29 people dead in what has become the deadliest U.S. outbreak of a food-borne illness since the CDC started keeping track of listeria cases in 1973, according to the agency. Incidence rates of infection actually decreased 23% in the U.S. between 1996 and 2010 but news of a contaminated food product always creates headlines. Here are the 10 most high-profile food-borne illness outbreaks since 2001. Tainted cantaloupes have left 29 people dead in what has become the deadliest U.S. outbreak of a food-borne illness since the CDC started keeping track of listeria cases in 1973, according to the agency. Incidence rates of infection actually decreased 23% in the U.S. between 1996 and 2010 but news of a contaminated food product always creates headlines. Here are the 10 most high-profile food-borne illness outbreaks since 2001.
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Cantaloupe
Ground turkey
Eggs
celery
Peppers
Peanut butter
Spinach
Tomatoes
Roma tomatoes
Deli meats
Cantaloupe
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