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Food Safety and S.C. Public Health
Each year in South Carolina, contaminated or spoiled food leads to over a million new cases of foodborne illness (often called food poisoning) and over $2 billion in costs, including doctor visits, medicine, lost work days, and other expenses.

Foodborne illnesses often occur in children, and mishandled food can lead to illness, hospitilization, and even death.

This photo shows a food service employee working in a kitchen
Visit our "Food Industry: Rules, Guidelines" website to see the food safety regulations administered by DHEC.