Approximately 1 in 6 Americans get sick from food poisoning each year. Food poisoning (also referred to as foodborne illness) is a serious public health threat in the United States. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 48 million people get food poisoning each year, resulting in roughly 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are especially at risk of contracting food poisoning, but there are practical steps that families can take at home to help reduce their risk of getting sick.
The English and Spanish Food Safe Families PSAs informs parents who cook at home about the risks of foodborne illness and promotes the four key safe food handling behaviors — Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill— to protect their families and reduce their chances of foodborne illness while preparing meals. Parents and caregivers are armed with practical tips and are encouraged to learn more about the correct food safety steps at www.FoodSafety.gov.