Tracking the number of foodborne illnesses due to contamination caused in the home is difficult, Bruhn said.
“It’s really tough to know that,” she said. “If something is contaminated in the field, you will likely have a large number of people become ill from it. That’s the type of incident where local and federal health authorities see the statistics and trace it back. But if contamination occurs at home, those are sporadic. There are sporadic cases all the time, and of those we know only some who become quite ill. Many are not reported because they don’t end up in the hospita