If you gave every home kitchen the kind of health inspection that restaurants get, one out of seven kitchens would fail, according to a new study. That might explain a few of the 76 million cases of food-borne disease every year in the U.S.
CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton explained on "The Early Show" the majority of food-borne illness cases are mild and cause symptoms for only a day or two. She explained some cases are more serious, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths related to food borne diseases each year. The most severe cases tend to occur in the very old, the very young, those who have an illness already that reduces their immune system function, and in healthy people exposed to a very high dose of an organism, according to the CDC.
She added most healthy people with immune systems that are strong can handle exposure to small numbers of bacteria every day.
But how can you keep your kitchen healthy?
Ashton suggested a number of tips for proper sanitizing on the broadcast. Click on the video below for cleaning advice on everything kitchen-related, from sponges to cutting boards.