Vegetables most commonly contaminated:
Most common food-borne pathogens:
Sources of contamination:
E. coli - fecal matter (runoff, animals, contaminated water, unwashed hands)
Campylobacter - possibly more than 50 percent of chickens are infected, in addition to wild birds and cows (spread through direct contact or contaminated water)
Salmonella - naturally occurs in the intestines of many animals (unhygienic kitchen conditions, improperly thawed fowl, standing water)
Sources: Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services, U.S Food and Drug Administration.