Foodborne Illness is on the Rise: Protect Yourself

It’s scary, but it’s the truth. You’ve likely seen the news reports this year, announcing recall after recall of produce, eggs and other foods. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the overall number of diagnosed cases of listeria and salmonella, among others, increased 96 percent in 2017 alone.

Foodborne illness is no joke—1 in 6 Americans get sick and 3,000 die every year from one of 31 known pathogens. Globally, this number increases drastically.

To avoid contracting a foodborne illness, be sure to prepare your food safely and monitor the CDC’s outbreak webpage. If an outbreak is reported or a recall is issued, don’t risk it! Follow the CDC’s advice so you don’t get sick.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Total Calories 150
Total Fat 5 g
Protein 6 g
Carbohydrates 22 g
Dietary Fiber 7 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Sodium 176 mg
Total Sugars 5 g

Source: USDA

Beets, Beans and Greens


  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove (finely chopped)
  • 2 tsp. mustard
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 cups beets (cooked, sliced)
  • 1 head of lettuce (washed, torn into pieces)
  • 2 cups beans (cooked, rinsed)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)


  1. Combine lemon juice, garlic, mustard, oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl to make a dressing.
  2. Place sliced beets in a separate bowl. Toss 1 Tbsp. of dressing with beets to coat.
  3. Toss the lettuce pieces and beans with the remaining dressing in the large bowl.
  4. Plate dressed salad and beans. Add dressed beets on top.

Makes: 6 servings

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