The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that foodborne illness sickens 1 in 6 people in the United States every year. Annually, food borne illness leads to 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths.
If you are concerned about food safety, your best bet is to follow the 4 food safety tips:
- Clean – wash your hands and surfaces often
- Separate – separate your raw foods from cooked foods, don’t cross-contaminate
- Cook – cook foods to their proper internal temperatures
- Chill – refrigerate perishable foods within 2 hours
If you really want to know more about food borne illness outbreaks, check out the CDC’s new Foodborne Outbreak Online Database (FOOD) tool available at: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/foodborneoutbreaks/.
This online database tracks all food borne illness data back to 1998. You can learn which foods were culprits, geographic areas affected and see just how susceptible our food supply is.
For more information about food safety and keeping your own kitchen safe from food borne illness, check out www.foodsafety.gov.