[ARCHIVED] Church/Community Suppers: What is the Evidence for Risk of Food-borne Illness?
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We estimate that 3% to 16% of food-borne outbreaks investigated by public health agencies are associated with community events including church suppers, fairs, potlucks, picnics, etc. However, there is likely under-reporting of individual cases of enteric illness and of small outbreaks related to these events. Poor food handling practices at home and at the site where the food is prepared or served are implicated in most of the reported outbreaks.