SEP 24, 2017 5:13 PM PDT

The Importance of Food Safety

WRITTEN BY: Carmen Leitch

Food safety is no joke and those who ignore it do so at their peril. This lecture from the American Society for Microbiology takes a look at the consequences people might face when they don't follow basic sanitary practices when preparing food in the home.

Gets some facts from the video; for example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that we spend around $152 billion on millions of illnesses due to food poisoning. There is a lack of high-quality data and reliable reporting in this area, however, something addressed by Thomas Montville, Ph.D., Rutgers University, who presents the talk.

Many bacteria found responsible for these infections are common and include microbes like Salmonella and S. aureus. It seems that there are simple solutions for preventing deaths due to foodborne illness as well. It's known that we should wash out hands after using the bathroom, or changing a baby's diapers, and research shows that not everyone does. Poor nose hygiene is another culprit. Check out the video to learn more about this gross but important topic.
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