Prevent foodborne illnesses with these simple steps.
The holidays bring gatherings and lots and lots of food. All this holiday food can bring with it foodborne illnesses if not handled properly. By properly preparing and storing our food we can prevent these illnesses. Bacteria can contaminate our foods when not handled properly. It can grow on our food when favorable conditions exist, exposing us and our families to potentially hazardous situations.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths in this country each year can be traced to foodborne pathogens. The USDA estimates that foodborne illnesses due to bacterial contamination cost $6.9 billion each year. Salmonella alone has a $2.65 billion dollar impact.