Pizza is more dangerous than you think. Approximately 2,300 Americans went to the hospital in 2017 for pizza-related injuries, according to the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). It's interesting to note that pizza injuries are under the purview of the CPSC instead of the FDA, USDA, or even the CDC.
As Joe Galbo, the CPSC's social media specialist told Munchies: "The FDA obviously regulates food, but we can find injuries associated with pizza by looking for it in the injury descriptions we receive from hospitals. Based on these reports our NEISS team uses an equation to create a national estimate of injuries."
According to the data collected by the CPSC, government officials estimate that throughout the country, there were at least 2,300 emergency visits last year that were in some related to pizza. Patients were treated for injuries caused by such cheese and sauce calamities as:
These statistics are part of the CPSC's National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), which tracks injury data associated with consumer products (like pizza) and E.R. visits.
This photo, entitled "Pizza: Tales of Betrayal," demonstrates how seriously the CSPC takes emergency room visits due to food. While pizza is definitely dangerous, the NEISS system receives hundreds of thousands of other reports of injuries caused by barbecue grills and stoves (24,082), cooking ranges and ovens (57,082), and even holiday and party decorations (23,279). While pizza can definitely lead you to the E.R., everything in life is dangerous, and you should always take a few minutes to think about your safety while starting a task.
"We spend a lot of time encouraging consumers to be mindful of safety when they're creating their nursery, when they're placing their portable generator around their home, when they're making these small life decisions that seem inconsequential, but could have serious consequences," Galbo said in his Munchies interview. "If there was one thing we would ask of people, it would be to take an extra second to think about your safety. To find ways and make small changes to keep their families safe."
What do you think? Should you avoid pizza to keep your family safe? Are these statistics helpful or is it just fear mongering?