Lesson 3, Topic 11
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Physical Contamination

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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.


  1. Purchase food from approved, reputable suppliers
  2. Closely inspect food received
  3. Take steps to prevent physical contamination, including practicing good personal hygiene