MDP Program Data and Reports

The Microbiological Data Program (MDP), initiated in 2001, collected information on the prevalence of harmful bacteria in fresh produce. These datasets and reports provide data obtained through testing of fresh fruit and vegetables for the presence of Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, Shigella, and pathogenic E. coli. Produce 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 participated in the program and AMS’ National Science Laboratory. 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.