There are approximately two million cases of food poisoning in the U.S. each year. The vast majority of these cases occur in food prepared at home. It is estimated that 55 percent of food poisoning cases are caused by improper cooking and storage of foods, 24 percent by poor hygiene (such as not washing your hands before handling the food), and only 3 percent of cases from an unsafe food source.
Because so many cases of food poisoning are caused by the preparation and storage of food, if you take the proper steps for preventing food poisoning, you can reduce your family's risk of food poisoning by 97 percent!
Read on for some valuable step-by-step food poisoning prevention tips.
Sources: University of California at Davis Health System; Caring for Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5 (Bantam)