76M Americans poisoned by food each year
April 9, 2009
The CDC estimates that each year 76 million Americans get food poisoning, more than 300,000 are sick enough to be hospitalized and 5,000 die.
More than 200 known diseases are transmitted through food .
The causes of foodborne illness include viruses, bacteria, parasites, toxins, metals, and prions, and the symptoms of foodborne illness range from mild gastroenteritis to life-threatening neurologic, hepatic, and renal syndromes.
Some proportion of foodborne illness is caused by pathogens or agents that have not yet been identified and thus cannot be diagnosed.