Safer Food Choices

At a glance

Learn which foods are more often associated with food poisoning and what are safer choices.

Diverse group of people

Why it's important

To prevent food poisoning, some foods are safer choices than others. That's because some foods—such as undercooked meat and eggs, unwashed fruits and vegetables, and unpasteurized milk—are more often associated with foodborne illnesses.

High risk groups

Some people are more likely to get sick and have a more serious illness from food poisoning. See specific recommendations if you are in one of these groups:

Safer food choices for general public

Use the table below as a guide to safer food choices.

Prevent food poisoning

Always follow the four steps to food safety—clean, separate, cook, and chill—to protect yourself from food poisoning.

Learn about current foodborne outbreaks and the foods linked to them.