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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.

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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


Contact Us

Food Safety Program

Main: 303-441-1564
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