Each year, an estimated 76 million people get sick from food. More than 300,000 people are hospitalized and 5,000 die from foodborne illness. Decreasing illness rates require prevention, intervention, and appropriate response. OEH works to safeguard public health through education on safe food handling practices and the regulation of food service establishments. The following links are provided for information on various food safety topics.
TIP: Handwashing is the most effective way to prevent foodborne illness. Wash your hands before food preparation, after touching raw meat, after using the restroom, and after touching anything that could contaminate food. Use warm water and soap, and scrub vigorously for 20 seconds or as long as it takes to sing "Happy Birthday."