1 in 6 Americans get food poisoning each year

With SoCal companies joining the salmonella egg recall, shoppers are wary of buying all brands of eggs from stores.

December 15, 2010 2:57:08 PM PST
Food poisonings hit one in six Americans every year and most are never identified, according to two federal health reports.

They also found of those who get sick, about 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die annually.

Many of the deaths are due to salmonella according to the CDC. It was salmonella that led to the massive recall earlier this year of millions of suspect eggs.

Despite the numbers, there has actually been a slight dip in national cases of food borne illness.

The two reports are published online in the CDC's journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.