The CDC estimates that each year about 1 in 6 people in the US suffers from a foodborne illness, 128,000 people are hospitalized and 3,000 people die from foodborne diseases.
Some foods are more associated with foodborne illnesses and food poisoning than others. They can carry harmful germs that can make you very sick if the food is contaminated.
While certain foods are more likely to make you sick, any food can get contaminated in the field, during processing, or during other stages in the food production chain, including through cross-contamination with raw meat in kitchens.
Anyone can get food poisoning, but certain groups of people are more likely to get sick and to have a more serious illness. Their bodies’ ability to fight germs and sickness is not as effective for a variety of reasons. These groups of people are:
·Adults Aged 65 and Older
·Children Younger than 5 Years
·People with Weakened Immune Systems
The City of Wichita Falls have adopted, by reference, the rules established by the State of Texas that governs the standards under which Retail Food Establishments are operated in the state. Health Inspectors routinely monitor Food Establishments to assure they adhere to these regulations: