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44 (4.5%)

35 (3.5%)

9 (1.3%)

Adapted from FDA Survey of Imported Fresh Produce, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Plant and Dairy Foods and Beverages, January 30, 2001, www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/prodsur6.html.

Adapted from FDA Survey of Imported Fresh Produce, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Plant and Dairy Foods and Beverages, January 30, 2001, www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/prodsur6.html.

Data presented in Table 1.2 show that of 1003 samples that were collected and analyzed, 35 samples (3.5% of the total number of samples) were found to have detectable levels of Salmonella spp., 9 samples (0.9% of the total number of samples) were found to have detectable levels of Shigella spp., and no samples (0%) were found to have detectable levels of E. coli O157:H7. These 44 samples positive for the presence of a human pathogen represent approximately 4.4% of the total number of product samples tested.

The three produce items with the greatest incidence of pathogen contamination were cilantro, cantaloupe, and culantro, accounting for 1.6, 1.1, and 0.6%, respectively, of the overall contamination (4.4%). The remaining produce items each contributed 0.3% or less to the overall contamination.

1.4.2 FDA Domestic Produce Survey

In March 2000 the FDA initiated a 1000-sample survey of domestic fresh fruit and vegetable raw agricultural commodities [13]. Cantaloupe, celery, cilantro, loose-leaf lettuce, parsley, scallions (green onions), strawberries, and tomatoes were collected and analyzed for Salmonella spp. and E. coli O157:H7. Cantaloupe, celery, parsley, scallions, and tomatoes were also analyzed for Shigella spp. This survey was the domestic complement to the FDA imported produce survey.

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