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Results of the home food safety—It’s in your hands 2002 survey: Comparisons to the 1999 benchmark survey and healthy people 2010 food safety behaviors objective

      Foodborne illness is both a widespread public health and economic problem (
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      • Slutsker L.
      • Dietz V.
      • McCaig L.F.
      • Bresee J.S.
      • Shapiro C.
      • Griffin P.M.
      • Tauxe R.V.
      Food-related illness and death in the United States.
      ,
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      • Tauxe R.V.
      Epidemiology of foodborne diseases Tools and applications.
      ,
      • Altekruse S.F.
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      Emerging foodborne diseases.
      ,
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      • MacKinon L.C.
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      • Bean N.H.
      • Slutsker L.
      Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks—United States, 1993–1997.
      ,
      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
      Preliminary FoodNet Data on the Incidence of Foodborne Illnesses—Selected Sites, United States, 2002.
      ,
      Environmental Protection AgencyUnited States Department of AgricultureCenter for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition of the Food and Drug AdministrationDivision of Nutrition Research Coordination for the National Institutes of Health, CDC
      Achievements in public health, 1900–1999 Safer and healthier foods.
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      United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service
      ) and a clinical problem (
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      • Vastrup P.
      • Gerner-Schmidt P.
      • Molbak K.
      Short and long term mortality associated with foodborne gastrointestinal infections Registry-based study.
      ,
      • Kaplan J.E.
      • Masur H.
      • Holmes K.K.
      Guidelines for preventing opportunistic infections among HIV-infected persons—2002 Recommendations of the US Public Health Service and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
      ,
      American Medical AssociationCenter for Food Safety and Nutrition of the Food and Drug AdministrationFood Safety and Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture
      Diagnosis and management of foodborne illnesses A primer for physicians.
      ,
      • Dykewicz C.A.
      • Jaffe H.W.
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      Guidelines for preventing opportunistic infections among hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients Recommendations of CDC, the Infectious Disease Society of America, and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.
      ,
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      Clinical pathology of foodborne diseases Notes on the patient with foodborne gastrointestinal illness.
      ,
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      Campylobacter jejuni infection during pregnancy Long-term consequences of associated bacteremia, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and reactive arthritis.
      ). Estimates of foodborne illness from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that, on average, Americans suffer from foodborne illness about once every five years (
      • Mead P.S.
      • Slutsker L.
      • Dietz V.
      • McCaig L.F.
      • Bresee J.S.
      • Shapiro C.
      • Griffin P.M.
      • Tauxe R.V.
      Food-related illness and death in the United States.
      ). Even more conservative estimates imply that individuals in the United States are likely to experience foodborne illness at least once within their lifetime (
      • LaBudde R.A.
      Guest editorial Why consumers take risks.
      ). Although individuals who have weakened immune systems are more susceptible to foodborne illness and typically exhibit more severe consequences from these illnesses (
      • Helms M.
      • Vastrup P.
      • Gerner-Schmidt P.
      • Molbak K.
      Short and long term mortality associated with foodborne gastrointestinal infections Registry-based study.
      ,
      • Kaplan J.E.
      • Masur H.
      • Holmes K.K.
      Guidelines for preventing opportunistic infections among HIV-infected persons—2002 Recommendations of the US Public Health Service and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
      ,
      • Dykewicz C.A.
      • Jaffe H.W.
      • Kaplan J.E.
      Guidelines for preventing opportunistic infections among hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients Recommendations of CDC, the Infectious Disease Society of America, and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.
      ,
      • Plaut A.G.
      Clinical pathology of foodborne diseases Notes on the patient with foodborne gastrointestinal illness.
      ,
      • Kohl K.S.
      • Rietberg K.
      • Wilson S.
      • Farley T.A.
      Relationship between home food-handling practices and sporadic salmonellosis in adults in Louisiana, United States.
      ,
      United States Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition
      ), all individuals exhibit susceptibility to major pathogens (
      United States Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition
      ).
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      Biography

      M. M. Cody is an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition, Georgia State University, Atlanta, and is a member of the ADA/ConAgra Foods Home Food Safety … It’s in Your Hands Expert Panel.

      Biography

      M. A. Hogue is Vice President Food Safety Services, The Steritech Group, Inc., Charlotte, NC, and is Chair, ADA/ConAgra Foods Home Food Safety … It’s in Your Hands Expert Panel.