Foods Incriminated

Foods that are frequently incriminated in staphylococcal food poisoning include meat and meat products, poultry and egg products, salads such as egg, tuna, chicken, potato, and macaroni, bakery products such as cream-filled pastries, cream pies, and chocolate eclairs, sandwich fillings, and milk and dairy products. Foods that require considerable handling during preparation and that are kept at slightly elevated temperatures after preparation are frequently involved in staphylococcal food

TABLE 2 Reported Vehicles of Transmission Causing Staphylococcal Foodborne Outbreaks in the United States, 1993-1997

Number of outbreaks

Food type

1993 1994 1995 1996

- Total/food

1997 type

Multiple vehicles



Baked foods

Other salad (nonpoultry, fish, egg) Mexican food Chicken Pork

Potato salad



poisoning. The types of food incriminated in food-poisoning outbreaks in the United States are shown in Table 2 (14).

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