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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

WHO Expert: Food Bacteria Dangers Rise

GENEVA -- Multi-drug resistant strains of food bacteria are threatening to become a serious health problem, the World Health Organization has said.

Strains of salmonella and other food poisons were responsible for a range of epidemics in Europe and the United States over the past few years and the numbers are only likely to increase, the health agency said.

"In 1982 there were 100 cases of E. coli poisoning reported in the United States,'' said Alan Reilly, a WHO advisor on food safety. "In 1996 there have been up to 10,000 cases in Japan and about 15 deaths in Scotland. '' Reilly said cases were increasing because more people are eating out, and there are more mass catering operations. There are also growing numbers of senior, who are more susceptible.