The CDC estimates that about 1 in 6 people in the US suffers from a foodborne illness each year, 128,000 people are hospitalized, and 3,000 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 sick if contaminated food.
While certain foods are more likely to make you sick, food can get contaminated in the field, during processing, or at other stages in the food production chain, including cross-contamination with raw meat in kitchens.
Anyone can get food poisoning, but certain groups are more likely to get sick and have a more serious illness. Their body's ability to fight germs and sickness is not as effective for various 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 has 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 ensure they adhere to these regulations: