CDC: Food poisoning from salmonella up in US

June 7, 2011 - 12:12 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — Health officials say more Americans got food poisoning last year, primarily because of salmonella.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reports a rise in illnesses caused by some strains of E. coli. That increase may reflect more testing. There were no reports of the E. coli strain behind the current large outbreak in Europe.

Tuesday's CDC report is based on 10 states and is believed to be a good indicator of food poisoning trends throughout the country. More than 19,000 cases were reported in those states last year, up from 17,500 cases the previous year.