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14 Types of Food That Can Make You Sick

Food poisoning is a horrible experience. But it’s hard to tell if food is safe to eat, partly because problems are relatively rare.
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Eggs

This breakfast favorite has been linked to at least 138 outbreaks since 1998, most often due to Salmonella bacteria. The bacteria can lurk inside the egg, so proper cooking is key (which kills the germs). Avoid eating any products containing raw eggs, including cookie dough. And refrigerate eggs before using them.

"Our food supply is safe," says Craig Hedberg, PhD, of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in Minneapolis. "There is roughly one illness for every three to four thousand meals served,” he says. Still, "raw food items like eggs may have contamination and need to be handled properly."

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