The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that about 48 million Americans fall ill from foodborne illnesses each year. Of these 48 million people, more than 125,000 are hospitalized. An estimated 3,000 die domestically, and the World Health Organization says that about 420,000 people die globally from such illnesses every year.
While the hospitalization and mortality rate is a comparably small drop in the bucket when it comes to other illnesses and diseases, researchers have ID’ed more than 250 foodborne diseases that may pose a threat to the food we eat every day. Some of the more common germs that can pose a foodborne threat to people include norovirus and salmonella. Other, often more harmful, germs include listeria and E.coli.