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Preventing Food Poisoning

What Is Food Poisoning?

Foodborne illness (sometimes called foodborne disease, foodborne infection, or food poisoning) is common, costly – and preventable. CDC estimates that 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food every year.

You can get food poisoning after swallowing food that has been contaminated with a variety of germs (bacteria, viruses, parasites) or toxic substances (chemical toxins or natural toxins such as those in some mushrooms and molds).

  • Some foods are contaminated before they reach a kitchen.
  • Others are contaminated by food handlers.

Protect Yourself From Food Poisoning

Keep Food Safe

4 steps to food safety - clean, separate, cook, chill

Learn the four steps (clean, separate, cook, chill) to protect your family from food poisoning.


How Food Gets Contaminated

Small version of The Food Production Chain infographic

Food contamination can occur at any point—during production, processing, distribution, or preparation.


Foods Linked to Illness

Head of lettuce

Learn which foods are most associated with foodborne illnesses.


Raw Milk Dangers

Glass of milk

Raw milk and products made from it can pose severe health risks, including death.