The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released the results of a survey showing the country’s food system is among the worst in the world.
The agency’s study was conducted to determine whether there is a risk to the health of the public from the mold-forming process used to make processed foods, according to the agency.
The USDA also released a list of foodborne illnesses that have been linked to contaminated mold in recent months.
The report found that food produced by industrial-scale processing plants, such as food and beverage processors, was more likely to be contaminated with mold than those produced by home cooks.
The study found that the percentage of food that is contaminated with high levels of mold in its manufacturing process, such a as plastic wrap or wrapping, was 25% higher than for home cooks in the United States.
The average rate of contamination in these food manufacturing processes is one in five pounds, which is considered a significant amount, according the USDA.
The findings of the study comes amid growing concern over the amount of contaminated food that consumers are eating and the high number of cases of food-borne illnesses associated with the process.
The Associated Press reported that in January, a study found more than 2,200 Americans had been hospitalized due to foodborne illness linked to mold-causing bacteria.
The number of illnesses has also increased in recent years.
In 2014, the CDC reported that there were more than 1.5 million illnesses associated the manufacturing process for food, including those caused by bacteria.
In 2016, the agency reported that the number of reported illnesses was up to 9,400.
The Food and Drug Administration has also said that more than 90 percent of food produced in the U. S. is free of mold.