In a perfect world, no one would get sick, least of all from eating food. Unfortunately, bacteria is naturally present in our environment and it would be impossible to eliminate all pathogens from our food chain. Therefore, bacteria may be present on food products when you purchase them and could cause foodborne illness if not properly handled. Examples of products that may contain foodborne illnesses include raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs, as well as produce such as lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts and melons. Everyone in the supply chain, including consumers, have an important role to play in reducing their risk of foodborne illness. Foodborne illnesses are preventable through good personal hygiene, avoiding cross-contamination and adhering to proper cooking temperatures.