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Why is food safety important?

The U.S. government estimates that 80 million Americans suffer from foodborne illness each year, but many cases of food poisoning go unreported. People who experience symptoms such as sudden, severe diarrhea and vomiting may attribute them to intestinal flu, and consequently not see a doctor for diagnosis.

When people think about food poisoning, they most often think about the massive outbreaks that make headlines -- such as the e.coli outbreak in the Northwest several years ago, or the "mad cow" scare in England. But the truth is that food poisoning more often occurs as the result of unsafe food handling practices at home. For instance, it's estimated that half of all salmonella cases originate in the home.

Take time to assess your own food handling practices, from store to kitchen to stove top. Be sure to teach the rest of your family the basics about hand washing and food preparation. A few easy steps now could save you a lot of pain and illness later.

 

 

 


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