Food Poisoning

Out of every six Americans, one is sickened by food poisoning each year. Learn what you can do to reduce your risk as you shop, cook and eat.

Food Poisoning

man clenching stomach with food poisoningFood poisoning (also known as foodborne illness or foodborne disease) is caused by eating contaminated food. It causes an estimated 48 million illnesses (1 out of 6 Americans), 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths each year in the United States. Common bacteria that causes food poisoning include Salmonella, Listeria and E.Coli. Symptoms of food poisoning are similar to those of the flu (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) so many people may not recognize that they are suffering from a case of food poisoning.

Certain populations are more vulnerable to food poisoning and can be at far greater risk of developing serious illness with long-term effects or even death if contracting food poisoning. Those high risk groups include infants, young children, pregnant women and their unborn babies, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems and chronic illness including diabetes, kidney disease, those with HIV/AIDS and some cancer patients.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods' Home Food Safety program reminds consumers that reducing your risk of food poisoning begins with four simple steps, click on the icons below to learn more: