Each year a staggering 48 million people get sick from foodborne illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most people have milder symptoms like an upset stomach or nausea, but an estimated 128,000 people are hospitalized because of severe symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration, and 3,000 lose their lives. Some illnesses can result in long-term health problems like chronic arthritis, brain and nerve damage and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which causes kidney failure. Scary, right?
That's why it's so important to be aware of the foods that are more likely to be contaminated with harmful bacteria than others. Here are eight foods most likely to cause food poisoning as well as expert tips from Susanna Sullard RN, BSN, CIC, infection preventionist at UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado about safe food handling, preparation and cooking methods.