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Food Contamination

How is Food Contaminated?

Food can be contaminated in several ways:

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  • Even when hands look clean, they still carry bacteria.
  • Meat and poultry drippings carry bacteria.
  • Uncovered coughs and sneezes spread bacteria.
  • Mishandling of food during preparation, cooking, and storage is often how foods become contaminated.

Most cases of food-borne illness are due to undercooking foods, storing foods at the wrong temperature, and/or poor personal hygiene.

Continue to find out who is at risk for food-borne illness.