Food Made 42% of Americans Sick Since ’08: Survey

NEW YORK — Four in 10 Americans (42%) indicate they have become sick or ill over the past two years from what they attribute, at least in part, to something they ate, according to a new Harris Interactive poll of 2,010 adults surveyed online between Jan. 13 and 15

NEW YORK — Four in 10 Americans (42%) indicate they have become sick or ill over the past two years from what they attribute, at least in part, to something they ate, according to a new Harris Interactive poll of 2,010 adults surveyed online between Jan. 13 and 15.

In addition, one-quarter (26%) of those who indicate they became sick from something they ate have eliminated that food from their diet entirely. Another 15% indicate that they advised family, friends and colleagues not to eat that food item.

Among four types of foods (fresh, canned, frozen and other packaged foods), two in 10 adults are either extremely or very concerned that fresh foods are safe to eat (21%), followed by canned foods (15%), other packaged foods such as boxes, jars, bags, etc. (14%) and frozen foods (13%).

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