02/27/2012 08:13 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Food Safety: 5 Things in Your Kitchen That Could Make You Sick

By Nicci Micco, M.S., Content Director, Custom Publishing & Licensing for EatingWell

Every year, 76 million Americans get sick from food, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Nothing you can do will ever guarantee 100 percent protection against food-borne illness, but taking certain precautions can help reduce your risk. Some of these protective steps are common sense, like washing your hands before you eat. Others aren't so obvious. Read on to discover five surprising sources of food-borne "bugs" in your kitchen that we've written about in EatingWell Magazine, and how to protect yourself.


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By Nicci Micco

Nicci Micco is Content Director, Custom Publishing & Licensing for EatingWell and co-author of EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners. She has a master's degree in nutrition and food sciences, with a focus in weight management.

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