KENNEWICK, Wash.- Every holiday season, hundreds of people suffer from food borne illness.
The Washington State Department of Health is trying to stop this.
They say many of the illnesses are due to improperly handled food, and can be easily prevented.
Washing your hands is the best way to stay healthy, but washing your utensils, plate's and other things is also key.
And most of all, don't leave food on the counter too long, and make sure it's fully cooked before serving.