Foodborne Illness In the United States
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that each year roughly one out of six Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.
Eight known pathogens account for the vast majority of illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths.
Top five pathogens causing domestically acquired foodborne illness
Pathogen Estimated Annual Number of Illnesses
Salmonella, nontyphoidal 19,336
Campylobacter spp. 8,463
Reducing foodborne illness by 10 percent would keep about five million Americans from getting sick each year. Pay attention to how food is handled, prepared and stored at home.
Source: Center for Disease Control