This article, entitled "Food Borne Illness Linked to Raw Produce," comes from Carolyn O'Neil, Registered Dietitian from bestfoodfacts.org.
As people eat more raw produce, which can carry harmful bacteria, it has become the leading vehicle in food borne illness. And poultry, which has long thought to be a leading vehicle, is not even in the top four.
So if you're not cooking your produce, how do you protect yourself from getting sick?
All produce is different, but bacteria usually remains on the outside. Start by washing your hands, then wash the produce, remove the outer layer (when applicable), wash the produce again, then wash your hands again.