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HHS HealthBeat (March 13, 2013)

One in 6 sick

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Eat and be well? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that, each year, 1 in 6 of us gets sick from food, largely due to improper handling and cooking of ingredients.

At the CDC, researcher Hannah Gould:

“Four foods have been linked to many outbreaks in the last two years. Beef, poultry, such as chicken and turkey, milk, particularly milk th at hasn’t been pasteurized, and fish.”

Gould says you can’t tell when something has gone bad just by looking and smelling. So she says the best treatment is prevention in preparation. Clean by washing your hands and food prep surfaces. Separate so meat doesn’t touch vegetables.  And cook and chill to correct temperatures.

An article on food handling is in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: March 21, 2013