Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. CDC tracks foodborne illnesses and collaborates with state and local health departments and other federal agencies to investigate foodborne outbreaks. CDC’s work provides information to improve food safety.
Following four simple steps at home—Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill—can help prevent food poisoning.
Learn what causes food poisoning and who is more likely to get a foodborne illness.
The most common symptoms are stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.
Learn how to protect yourself from food poisoning and which foods are most associated with illness.
Learn about multistate foodborne outbreak investigations.
Learn how food gets contaminated and about antibiotic resistance in foodborne germs.
Learn about CDC's role in food safety, and the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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