Food Safety Myths

With fear-mongering the media about food safety, sometimes it can be tough to tell truth from fiction. Anastacia Marx de Salcedo debunked five food safety myths in a fascinating article for PBS.

First, de Salcedo takes on the myth that "food safety is worse than it used to be." She argues that food safety has gotten better-most illnesses have decreased since the mid-1990s when the Centers for Disease Control implemented a new monitoring system. Then, de Salcedo moves on to the idea that "the biggest danger to your health comes from livestock feeding practices, food industry negligence and the terrorist threat to our food supply." To debunk this myth, de Salcedo claims that more than 90% of foodborne illnesses happen because of restaurants. Many of these illnesses are caused by sick food handlers.

To read about de Salcedo's three other myths-salmonella, washing produce, and the Food Safety Modernization Act-click here.