Food-borne Illness – A High Price to Pay


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.


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.

Related Posts

3 Advantages of Food Safety Training

Food safety training is a crucial aspect of keeping your business afloat. There are many…


3 Benefits of National Food Safety Training Program

Food establishments are held at a higher standard by the government, especially by national health…


How You Can Apply for Food Safe Level 1

Are you looking for a way to obtain a Food Safe Level 1 online certification?…