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A freshly scrubbed spud that’s properly cooked is unlikely to cause illness. But watch out for potato salad, especially potato salad that's prepared at a restaurant or deli.

Cross contamination—the transfer of germs from one type of food, usually meat, to another—can be the source of the problem and this can happen easily at the deli butcher case, says Klein.

Potato-related outbreaks of illness have been traced to germs like Listeria (which can live on deli counters), Shigella, E. coli, and Salmonella.

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