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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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Recalled Food

If you have food poisoning and want to check recently recalled foods, please visit these pages:

Recalls by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Recalls by the U.S. Department of Agriculture

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

Arby's, First Colonial Road, Virginia Beach, VA, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Fever Nausea Vomiting
“My family and I ate on 08-3-19 and within five hours we were all feeling awful. I had to rush my 2 year old to the urgent care CHKD because she was shivering and her lips were blue. We got there and it turns out she had a fever of... See More
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Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, 22880 Centerpoint Dr, Moreno Valley, CA, United States

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Vomiting Nausea Diarrhea
“Had dinner in and few hours later my daughter was vomiting & has a watery yellowish stool and it’s been non stop for 3 days she can’t keep anything down., My 11 month old & my sister but her symptoms aren’t as severe as my daughter.”
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Calypso Bay Smokehouse, Sea World Drive, San Diego, CA, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea
“6:30 pm. We ordered the sampler. The chicken was EXTREMELY red and oily. Sign said due to the smoking process, the meat is red. We took a few bites and decided not to eat anymore. Too late. That night we all had headaches, nausea, and flu like symptoms. Next day,... See More
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Les 3 Brasseurs, 1356 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H3G 1P6, Canada

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Nausea Vomiting
“Had the 3 Brasseurs burger around 2PM. Ironically, asked for it "medium rare" and was told this was not legally possible in the province (had to be more thoroughly cooked for food safety reasons). Within about six hours (having consumed no alcohol or drugs) I was drenched in sweat and... See More
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Domino's Pizza - Blackpool - Oxford Square, Waterloo Road, Blackpool, UK

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“I ordered a pizza last night, half and half,
With the following toppings
Large 13.5" American Hot
No Onions
Smoked Bacon Rashers
Tandoori Chicken
Pork Meatballs
Chorizo Sausage
Other half was Pepperoni Passion®
And Chorizo Sausage
I had the side with the chicken,meatballs etc, we ate it around 8.30pm last... See More
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Hunter's Steak & Ale House, 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Fever Nausea Vomiting
“I am writing to address an unfortunate incident that occurred because of the food served in that location on May 11, 2019. At approximately 7:15pm my friend and I were seated for dinner. She received a $200.00 gift certificate to your restaurant for us to have a beautiful Mother’s Day... See More
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Wintzell's Oyster House, Airport Boulevard, Mobile, AL, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Fever Nausea Vomiting
“Saturday evening Aug 17, 2019 I ate smoked tuna dip, the sampler oyster platter and the salmon meal with a green salad and gumbo. 30 minutes after I left the restaurant my stomach started hurting very bad. I started violently throwing up several times and had diarrhea all night accompanied... See More
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Chick-fil-A, Interstate 2, Mission, TX, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Vomiting
“On Wednesday, August 14, I ate a spicy sand-which and I got buffalo sauce on the side. I always get buffalo sauce for my fries. It always has this super acidic flavor to it but it’s never made me sick. So then we drag night I ate waffles and I... See More
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Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort - Adults Only - All Inclusive, Avenida Barceló, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Nausea
“Experienced a night of sleep with fever like symptoms (chills, strange dreams, frequent waking), next day had bad headache, fatigue, nausea, and stomach cramps. Flew home that day. Have had the same symptoms for past 4 days., My son got sick vomiting and diarrhea on third day and stayed sick... See More
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Taco Cabana, East Freeway, Houston, TX, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Fever Nausea Vomiting
“Monday night 7-29-19, bout 10 :15-10:30pm, ordered flautas w 2 sides of guacamole. Chills started bout 3am, followed by diarrhea, nausea, dizzy and horrible cramps. Its Thursday and I'm still feeling it. Missed 3 days work. I'm trying to move around now but still dizzy, now dehydrated. This is a... See More
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