We all have an active role in preventing foodborne illness and protecting public health.
Consumers, communities, industry and government all work together to prevent foodborne illness. Take steps to ensure your food is safe by learning best practices for how to buy, prepare and store food safely.
You can also help protect the broader public and your community by reporting any problems you encounter with food to the appropriate authorities.
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Food Safety Stats
HOSPITALIZATIONS OUT OF 48M FOODBORNE ILLNESS
4 Years old
HAVE THE HIGHEST INCIDENCE OF CONFIRMED INFECTIONS FROM FOOD PATHOGENS
50+ Years old
HAVE REDUCED IMMUNITY AND ARE AT GREATER RISK FOR HOSPITALIZATIONS AS A RESULT OF FOOD PATHOGENS
Cleanliness is a major factor in preventing foodborne illness.
Wash your hands
- before and after handling food
- after using the bathroom
- after changing a diaper
- after handling pets
- after tending to a sick person
- after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- after handling uncooked eggs or raw meat, poultry, or fish and their juices
PEOPLE DO NOT WASH THEIR HANDS CORRECTLY
INDIVIDUALS USE PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES WHILE COOKING AND DO NOT WASH THEIR HANDS AFTER TOUCHING THE DEVICE