Do you need to worry about food safety? Our food supply is one of the safest in the world. However, illness due to harmful bacteria in food is an important health concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 76 million people get sick, more than 300,000 are hospitalized and 5,000 die each year from foodborne illness.
While everyone should be concerned about food safety, certain people are more likely to become sick. Pregnant women, young children, the elderly and individuals with weakened immune systems that make them more susceptible to infection are more likely to become seriously ill than other people.
You don’t have to be afraid of becoming sick from food. It can be prevented by following some simple steps.
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