Sickness Prevention

Sickness caused by imported foods increasing

People interested in sickness prevention may want to take extra note of where their food is coming from. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that cases of foodborne illness caused by imported food increased in both 2009 and 2010.

In addition to individual illnesses, the report identified an increasing number of outbreaks, which the CDC defines as localized epidemics. Fish was the most common imported food to cause an outbreak, followed by spices and dried or fresh peppers.

Citing a report by the Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service (ERS), the CDC's study estimated that around 85 percent of all seafood consumed in the United States is imported from foreign countries.

To make matters worse, the study indicated that the actual number of cases of foodborne illness is probably much greater than their data suggests, as many cases go unreported.

Taking a sickness prevention supplement may promote a healthy immune system. Additionally, to prevent foodborne illness you should wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly prior to eating them, and avoid consuming raw or undercooked meats.

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