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Food Borne Illness Numbers & How To Prevent Foodborne Illness

Foodborne illness

Did you know:

  • 76 million cases of food-borner illnesses in the US each year
  • 5,000 annual deaths from food borne illnesses in US
  • 31 percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the government's ability to ensure a safe food supply
  • 15 percent of Americans reported having that much confidence in 1999
  • 14 percent have no confidence in the safety of the food supply
Source: Gallup poll and the Us Centers for Disease control and Prevention


  • Keep food refrigerated until ready to cook.
  • Do not let food unthaw at room temperature, unthaw in refrigerator.
  • Do not let juices from raw meat sit on counters, sinks, or cutting boards, disinfect.
  • Do not put cooked meat back on plate that had raw juices on it.
  • Follow label directions on food for safe handling.
  • Wash hands before/after touching raw meat.
  • Wash utensils used on raw meat after use, do not reuse on cooked meat without washing.

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