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New list says many healthy foods are dangerous

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Lettuce, tomatoes and tuna are all healthy foods... but they're also on a new top-ten list of foods most likely to make you sick!

The list was compiled by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. They say the government needs to do a better job of policing our food supply.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest studied seventeen years of food disease outbreaks and reached the troubling conclusion that the food and drug administration needs to be a more aggressive watchdog.

"The bottom line here is that we don't want consumers to change their eating habits," Caroline Smith DeWaal said. "We do want the government and scientists to take note."

Also on the top-ten list of riskiest foods monitored by the FDA: oysters, potatoes, cheese, ice cream, tomatoes, sprouts and berries.

The study does not include beef and poultry -- which have come under new scrutiny -- because they're monitored by the Department of Agriculture.

The FDA's top food safety expert says this new report underscores the need for changes his agency doesn't have the authority to make right now.

"We're looking to congress to enact laws that would really empower the FDA to implement the kind of preventive controls across the whole food system that we know can reduce these outbreaks significantly," Michael Taylor, Senior Advisor to the Commissioner of the FDA said.

Kathleen Chrismer, whose 9-year-old daughter was hospitalized after eating spinach contaminated by E.Coli, isn't waiting for the government to take action.

"We don't eat out as much," Chrismer said. "we don't eat a lot of spinach; in fact, we don't keep it in the house at all. Anything that's green, we cook. We have changed."

A bill that would give the FDA broader powers has passed the house and is working its way through the senate.

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