Physical contamination can occur when foreign objects are accidentally introduced into food. Common physical contaminants include metal shavings from cans, staples, glass from broken light bulbs, fingernails, hair, Band-Aids, and dirt. Mild to fatal injuries are possible. Bleeding and pain from cuts, mouth/oral injury, and choking are common problems from physical contaminants.
- Purchase food from approved, reputable suppliers
- Closely inspect food received
- Take steps to prevent physical contamination, including practicing good personal hygiene