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Foodborne illnesses are caused by microorganisms present in food
Foodborne organisms may be bacteria, such as Salmonella, Shigella, or
E. coli O157:H7, virus, and parasites. They can contaminate many
different foods—meat, milk, fish, shellfish, poultry, eggs, fruit, and
fresh vegetables, to name a few. These organisms, or toxins they
produce, may make you sick.
Many foodborne illnesses occur because of the way food is handled and prepared
You can help prevent these infections by not giving harmful
microorganisms a chance to multiply and/or contaminate foods. If you
suspect that you have handled or prepared any food incorrectly, it is
better to throw it away or consult a food safety information service
before serving or eating it.
Tips for keeping food safe:
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