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Chicken Farmers of Canada and Food Safety

As a founding member of the Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education, a national association of public and private organizations committed to educating Canadians about the ease and importance of food safety in the home, we have a role to pl

There are some alarming statistics out there with regards to food safety and foodborne illnesses.

For instance, two out of three homes in North America put their families at risk by not exercising good food safety practices at home. There are many simple things you can do to help prevent foodborne illness -- in fact, it’s estimated that over 80% of all cases could have been prevented by following safe food handling guidelines.

Foodborne Illness – The Facts

If food is not handled safely, microbes and pathogens – or bacteria, parasites and viruses – can contaminate foods and make you sick. We call this food poisoning. All foods, including meat, fruits and vegetables have the potential to cause foodborne illness.

You've probably noticed an increase of foodborne illnesses in the news lately.

Many changes in population demographics have affected this situation. How food is produced and consumed has changed and there are more cases of new, drug-resistant disease agents.

Foodborne illness is the largest class of emerging infectious disease. Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada estimate that 11–13 million cases of foodborne illness occur each year, which adds up to an annual cost of $12–15 billion.

Here are the different ways to protect your family against foodborne illness.

  • Clean: Wash hands and surfaces often
  • Separate: Don't cross-contaminate
  • Cook: Cook to proper temperatures
  • Chill: Refrigerate promptly

For more information:

Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education
Government of Canada Website on Food Safety

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