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Even if it looks and smells fine, food that may have been prepared, served, or stored improperly should be thrown away.


When in doubt, throw it out. Discard any food if uncertain whether or not it was prepared, served, or stored safely. Do not taste questionable food. Even if it looks and smells fine, it may not be safe to eat.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), foodborne illness affects 48 million Americans, causes 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths annually. Anyone, regardless of race, age, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, is at risk.

There are several agents that can cause illness when consumed in contaminated food, beverages, or water. Foodborne illness can also be spread person-to-person as well as from contact with animals.

Click here for more information about foodborne illnesses.

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