Food Safety within the Household: Risk Reduction

Figure 1. Food preparation area in the home kitchen
Food poisoning is common in the United States. The CDC estimates that 48 million Americans acquire foodborne illness every year, many of which were attributed to food preparation occurring in private homes. In 2013, the top five identified bacterial and viral causes of food poisoning attributed to home food preparation were Salmonella, norovirus, shiga-toxin-producing Escherichia coli, Clostridium perfringens, and Campylobacter. This six page fact sheet outlines the most common food-safety handling mistakes, which are improper food storage, inadequate cooking or reheating temperatures, cross-contamination, and infected food handlers. Written by Lucianna Grasso, Rachael Silverberg, George L. Baker, Renée M. Goodrich-Schneider, and Keith R. Schneider, and published by the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department.