What Constitutes a Foodborne Illness Outbreak, and How Can I Prevent One?

Foodborne Illness Outbreak
Updated: 11/02/2022
You’ve probably seen news reports about various foodborne illness outbreaks, but do you know what that means? What is an outbreak, and can you stop one from happening? Read on to learn more.
Types of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks
Although the term “outbreak” may seem extreme, it describes any situation where two or more people get sick due to the same contaminated food or drink. From here, outbreaks can be categorized as follows:
  • Small or Local Outbreaks
  • Regional or State Outbreaks
  • Multi-State Outbreaks
Preventing Foodborne Illness Outbreaks The most effective way to prevent a foodborne illness outbreak is to understand what causes them and take an ANSI-accredited course so you know how to follow best practices for food safety. Outbreaks are usually attributed to:
  • Biological hazards - Bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Regular hand washing, safe food handling, and the avoidance of cross-contamination are your best defenses.
  • Chemical hazards - Mold, toxins, contaminants. Again, understanding basic food handling safety is critical to properly storing, prepping, serving, and handling food and drink.
  • Physical hazards - Objects that have found their way into food or drink (ie: metal). Careful attention to detail is critical.
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