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Food-related diseases affect tens of millions of people and kill thousands. Tracking single cases of foodborne illness and investigating outbreaks are critical public health functions in which CDC is deeply involved.

Some Foods and Germs

White cheese in bakset Many germs can be spread through food. Some, like Listeria, can be deadly. Learn more

Raw MilkRaw milk, certain cheeses, ice cream, and yogurt) are foods that, when consumed raw, can pose severe health risks. Learn more

 
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