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  • MDP 2011 Data in ZIP File (Released November 2012). The Microbiological Data Program (MDP), initiated in 2001, collected information on the prevalence of harmful bacteria in fresh produce. This dataset provides data obtained through testing of cantaloupe, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, hot peppers, lettuce, spinach, sprouts and tomatoes for the presence of Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and pathogenic E. coli. Approximately 17,000 samples were collected from more than 600 food distribution sites within the continental United States. The testing was performed by State Department of Agriculture laboratories that participate in the program. MDP played a role in the federal government’s efforts to decrease the number of illnesses associated with consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables. The Food and Drug Administration was notified whenever a product tested positive for the presence of harmful bacteria and the source of contamination could be removed from the food distribution system. This information was also provided to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and State Departments of Health to aid in the surveillance of food-related outbreaks. - Instructions











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