What bacteria and germs cause food poisoning
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bacterias is the top cause of food poisoning in the United States.
The top five food poisoning bacterias are:
- Norovirus You can get this virus from raw fruits and vegetables. You can also get this from shellfish, such as lobster and clams, that come from tainted water Food handlers who have norovirus can also spread it as they prepare meals for customers.
- Salmonella Food poisoning can result from ingesting these bacteria can be found on raw or undercooked meats, raw eggs and dairy products, such as milk.
- Clostridium perfringens bacteria that is found in many environmental sources as well as in the intestines of humans and animals.
- Campylobacter You get can this from raw or undercooked meat, especially chicken, as well as unpasteurized milk and tainted water.
- Staphylococcus aureus It usually does not cause illness in healthy people, but Staph has the ability to make toxins that can cause food poisoning.
Top foodborne germs are:
- Listeria Common than others on this list, you can get it from packaged foods such as hot dogs and lunch meats, soft cheeses such as brie, and raw fruits and vegetables. Pregnant women need to be extra careful about Listeria since it can cause a miscarriage.
- Clostridium botulinum This food poisoning bacteria is commonly known as botulism.
- Escherichia coli (E. coli) You often get this one from undercooked beef, especially ground beef, as well as unpasteurized milk.
- Shigella Often spread when someone uses tainted water to clean food, it can be found on seafood and raw, ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables.
- Vibrio You can get infected by consuming raw or undercooked seafood or exposing a wound to seawater.
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Current Multistate Food Poisoning Outbreaks
When two or more people get the same illness from the same contaminated food or drink, the event is called a foodborne or food poisoning outbreak. Reporting illnesses to your local health department helps them identify potential outbreaks of foodborne disease. Public health officials investigate outbreaks to control them, so more people do not get sick in the outbreak, and to learn how to prevent similar outbreaks from happening in the future.
Here is a list of current multistate foodborne illness outbreaks.
Recent Interesting Reports
Walmart: pork sausage patty and turkey sausage patty products recalled for possible Salmonella contamination
“Approximately 6,444 pounds of pork sausage patty and turkey sausage patty products recalled for possible Salmonella contamination by George’s Prepared Foods, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture. No illnesses have been linked to this recall up to date.
FSIS advised... See More”
“After eating raw oyster I got nausea. I reported it the front staff but didn't say anything
My son didn't like the food. I asked staff if they had a website so I could make a gormer complaint as they did not offer to make a report. As the day... See More”
“Myself, my son age 12, my brother and his daughter age 4 all got sick during our stay last week 10-17-2019 thru 10-23-2019.
We all flew in from different areas and none of us left the resort during our stay.
Vomiting diarreah fever and days later we are still dealing... See More”
“North Bay produce has voluntarily Recalled apple varieties include McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Fuji, Jonamac and Red Delicious apples for possible listeria contamination.
Recalled apples were sold in plastic bags under the brands; Great Lakes, North Bay Produce Pure Michigan as well as unbranded in clear plastic tote bags, white paper... See More”
Aldi and Raley's Private Label Frozen Raspberries Recalled Due to Possible Hepatitis A Contamination
“Wawona Frozen Foods is voluntarily recalling frozen raspberries and frozen berry mixes containing raspberries sold at Aldi Grocery Stores as Season's Choice and at Raley's Family of Fine Stores as a store brand because they have the potential to be contaminated with Hepatitis A. Th disease is a contagious virus... See More”