Food, uniformsĀ and food contact surfaces may become contaminated from raw food. Bacteria can be transferred via cross contamination.

According to the CDC: In the USA, foodborne diseases cause approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths each year.

Food poisoning costs the economy roughly $152 billion annually.

Over 200 known diseases are transmitted by bacteria, viruses and parasites through food.

Most contamination takes place in slaughterhouses, food processing plants, farms, food preparation in restaurants, commercial kitchens, and during transportation of foods.

There have been multiple Salmonella outbreaks in the United States in recent history:

– In the past 10 years, there have been over 80,000 reported outbreaks of Salmonella.

– 2014 Salmonella outbreaks involving chicken, various vegetables and other products.
1064 people were infected and 350 hospitalized.

– 2013 Salmonella outbreak involving peanut butter, chicken and other products.
1,405 were infected and 263 hospitalized.

– 2012 Salmonella outbreak involving peanut butter, chicken, fruits and other products.
1,049 were infected, 290 hospitalized and 12 people died.