Be Wary of Imported Fish and Spices

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Food-related illnesses from imported foods have doubled since the 1990’s, according to a recent presentation from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, due mostly to imported seafood and spices.

45 percent of imported food outbreaks from 2005 to 2010 involved seafood, while 15 percent were attributed to imported spices. However, scientists say this needn’t change the way we eat. (It’d be hard to cut out imported seafood and spices, since they make up the majority of that market.) Rather, they advise consumers to take extra proper precautions with these foods:

“Consumers should approach safety the way they always have,” says Gould. “Cook, separate, chill — follow prevention measures.”

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