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Contaminated Food Injures 48 Million Americans Every Year

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The spread of bacteria, viruses, chemicals – and even parasites – through food is thought to be an unlikely hazard when eating out or shopping at the grocery store, but it's not unheard of. 

Food supply in the U.S. is among the world's safest, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes the outbreak of foodborne diseases like salmonella and listeria as part of an "ongoing public health problem."
Contaminated food causes over 125,000 hospitalizations and an estimated 3,000 deaths every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Older adults, pregnant women, young children and people with compromised immune systems are most vulnerable to foodborne illnesses.

What are the most common symptoms of food poisoning and what should you do if affected? What legal recourse do you have?
What is the inspection process for San Antonio restaurants? How are food handlers trained? How are local codes for food safety enforced?

How do you report a suspected food safety violation? How are foodborne illness outbreaks investigated?

What can you do to protect you and your loved ones from foodborne illness?


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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.
Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.