Foodborne illness in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts
Foodborne illness, also known as food poisoning, occurs when contaminated or spoiled food is consumed. Most foodborne illness is caused by bacteria and viruses, however parasites and chemicals can also contaminate food. Foodborne illness is common in all parts of the world and usually happens suddenly, but lasts a short time, with most people recovering without seeking treatment. Although symptoms vary depending on the cause, the most common symptoms include diarrhea, stomach pain or cramps, vomiting, and fever. Between 2018 and 2019, U.S. adults rated foodborne illness from bacteria as the most important food safety issue of today.
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