Preventing Foodborne Illnesses

Many different disease-causing germs can contaminate foods, so there are many different foodborne infections.

The CDC estimates that each year 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die.

  • Researchers have identified more than 250 foodborne diseases.
  • Most of them are infections, caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
  • Harmful toxins and chemicals also can contaminate foods and cause foodborne illness.

(Source: CDC)

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