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Categories of hazards: keeping food safe

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Infographic: How to Keep Food Safe: Categories of Hazards. Description follows.

Keeping food safe

The following are considered to be international best practices to identify food hazards. A hazard is anything present in food with the potential to harm someone, either by causing illness or injury.

Biological Hazards:

Bacteria, viruses, or parasites that could cause foodborne illness

Watch out for:

Protect your food by:

Chemical Hazards:

Anything that could introduce an unwanted chemical into your food

Watch out for:

Protect your food by:

Physical Hazards:

Unintentional or dangerous materials that could end up in your food

Watch out for:

Protect your food by:

By preventing food safety hazards, you:

Did you know?

Food can become contaminated during growing, harvesting, processing, shipping, storing or handling.

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