Food-borne Illness is when contaminated food or water is consumed. Contamination can occur from food, the environment, or from the food handler either directly or indirectly. Food-borne illness can be devastating to the person affected and to the establishment implicated. It can cost thousands of dollars and may even result in death.
DID YOU KNOW:
Four million Canadians suffer from food-borne illness and receive medical attention EACH YEAR! (Health Canada)
A High Price To Pay
The cost of a food-borne illness occurring at an establishment is a high price to pay. Here are just a few negative outcomes that result in food-borne illnesses:
- Negative media exposure
- Possible lawsuits and legal fees
- Insurance premiums
- Staff missing work
- Cost of re-training staff
- Decrease in customer sales
- Bad reputation
- Decrease staff morale
Food-borne illness do not usually get reported because it resolves itself within a few days. However, there are members of our population that can be severely affected by food-borne illnesses, including young children, pregnant women, seniors and individuals with compromised/weakened immune systems. For some susceptible people, a food-borne illness may result in death.