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Foodborne Illness
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Causes & Symptoms of Foodborne Illness

Foodborne illnesses continue to take a staggering toll on public health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year roughly 1 out of 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases.

Symptoms of Foodborne Illness

If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, you may have a foodborne illness.

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea (sometimes bloody or watery)
  • Fever
  • Headache

Causes of Foodborne Illness

Food & Drug Administration (FDA) 5 Foodborne Illness Risk Factors

  • Improper hot and cold holding temperatures
  • Improper cooking temperatures
  • Dirty and/or contaminated utensils and equipment
  • Poor health and personal hygiene
  • Food from unsafe sources

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