Food Safety Fails

10 common mistakes that could make you sick
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Don’t let these slips make you double over with regret

Food contaminated with nasty germs like salmonella and norovirus make one in six Americans sick each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Often, preventable food safety mistakes like the ones that follow are to blame, says registered dietitian Libby Mills, MS, RDN, LDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a Philadelphia-area cooking coach.