Answer: C. Hospitalizations
Adequate food safety practices will lead to fewer hospitalizations. Food safety is a scientific method of handling, preparing, and storage of food in ways that prevent food-borne diseases. In considering market-to-consumer practices, the usual thought is that food ought to be safe in the market and the concern is safe delivery and preparation of the food for the consumer. Food can transmit pathogens which can result in the illness or death of the person or animal. Food safety is therefore very important in ensuring the food available for consumption is very safe to consume. The correct answer, therefore, is C.