Don’t Let a Scary Food Habit Make You Sick

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Planning a Halloween party? Protect your family and friends by handling and preparing food safely.

Read this CDC feature about 10 dangerous food safety mistakes that could make you sick, and get tips to stay healthy.

New Report Can Help Guide Foodborne Disease Outbreak Investigations

A new CDC reportexternal icon published in Epidemiology and Infection describes the incubation periods observed during outbreaks of illness from the most common foodborne pathogens. During an outbreak, knowing a disease’s incubation period, which is the length of time between exposure to a germ and when the first symptoms develop, can help guide diagnostic and investigative strategies.

Study authors examined reported foodborne disease outbreaks in the United States from 1998 through 2013 and analyzed the median incubation periods of illnesses.

Key findings include:

  • Norovirus, Salmonella, and Shigella had median outbreak incubation periods of 32–45 hours.
  • Campylobacter and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli had the longest median outbreak incubation periods among bacteria (62–87 hours).
  • Hepatitis A had the longest overall median outbreak incubation period at 28 days.
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FoodSafety.govexternal icon provides an online hub for federal food safety information, and now it’s even easier to use. The redesigned site shares food recalls and alerts, information on food poisoning, and tips on safely preparing and storing food.

You’ll also find at-a-glance charts for safe cooking temperatures, roasting times for meats, and food storage, plus information on seasonal topics such as holiday meals. You can also follow FoodSafety.gov on Twitter and Facebook for more tips and updates.

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