By Theresa L. Reid
University of Illinois Extension
URBANA, Ill. - Approximately one in six Americans gets a foodborne illness each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Foodborne illnesses are not a minor inconvenience. In fact, the CDC estimates that foods contaminated with viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms and improper food handling practices lead to 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths each year.