Food Safety Best Practices Survey
Each year millions of people get sick from food poisoning. Learn what steps you can and what behaviors you should avoid to help keep you and your family safe.
Most people are used to hearing about the importance of eating healthy food, but another critical aspect of what we eat has been receiving increasing attention in recent years: food safety. While the vast majority of foods we buy are carefully monitored from farm to fork, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths each year due to food-related illnesses.
In 2010, NSF International conducted a survey of 1,000 Americans to determine awareness and misconceptions of food safety in the home. The results were interesting — and surprising — and in some instances, contradictory. Food safety behavior, and your awareness of safe food handling practices, can positively impact your health, especially if you are consuming more fresh produce and meat.