The answer is super obvious. Quite simply, a foodborne illness occurs when a person eats or drinks something that makes them feel sick. You’ve likely been sick from something you’ve eaten at one point in your life. Common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, fever, flu symptoms and diarrhea. On the flip side, there are people who are considered carriers of foodborne disease. They show no symptoms but can spread the illness to others.
We typically associate food with pleasant feelings such satisfying hunger, celebrations and love even. But foodborne illness is a serious business that in extreme cases can cause death. While everyone is at risk, those at even higher risk are seniors, children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.
Canada typically experiences about 11 million cases of foodborne illness each year.