Is Your Food Safe?
What You Need to Know to Stay Healthy
With the recent egg recall, Americans are even more concerned about the quality and safety of the food we eat.
While U.S. food production and handling regulations are some of the best in the world, millions of people get sick from eating contaminated food each year. That’s why it is important to be safety-minded about what you eat.
- Stay informed about food recalls and alerts.
- Use the tips below for food safety at home.
- Wash your hands often!
Avoiding Foodborne Illness
What About Eggs?
Are Eggs Safe to Eat?
The risk of illness from eggs is very low. It is estimated that less than 1 in 20,000 eggs might be contaminated. However, the recent outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis sickened hundreds of people in the U.S. and led to a recall of shell eggs.
Find out what you need to know about safe egg use.
Causes & Symptoms
Foodborne Illness Culprits
Bacteria, parasites, viruses, and harmful chemicals can all cause foodborne illnesses. And although the U.S. food supply is among the safest in the world, these invisible culprits are all around us causing an estimated 76 million illnesses per year, including:
The Symptoms (Not fun!)
Common symptoms of foodborne illnesses include (but are not limited to):
- Diarrhea that lasts more than 3 days
- Abdominal cramping
- Neurotoxic symptoms (double vision, inability to swallow, etc.)
- Confusion or difficulty reasoning
- Blood in the stools
- High fever—temperature over 101.5°, measured orally
See your doctor immediately if you or your children have the symptoms of food poisoning.
Learn more about foodborne illnesses.
How Can I Stay Safe?
Consumers can do many things to help keep their food safe. At home, follow four primary guidelines in food preparation and handling to fight bacteria:
- Clean — Wash hands and surfaces often.
- Separate — Don't cross-contaminate foods.
- Cook — Cook to proper temperatures.
- Chill — Refrigerate promptly.
Learn more about safe food storage and preparation.
What about outdoor cooking? Get tips for safe grilling.
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Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Food Safety
Egg Safety Center
U.S. Food and Drug Administration