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
“Me and my son had shared his ravioli with cheese that seemed like was very sour and strange texture. Now we vomiting have a fever diarrhoea temperature cant get up from the bed. It's me and my son. It happened on Tuesday 7th of January. Symptoms started late Wednesday on... the 8th. ”
“Grapes are all i ate Came home and bought a bunch of fruit and veggies to juice. While in store i ate a bunch of grapes...got home and ate more. Layed down to sleep and woke up feeling nauseaus and really dizzy....i kept p**ping (solid stool) .and after a few... hours i vommitted all the grapes i ate. Vomitt tasted sweet and had red grapskins so def had to be the grapes ”
“Three of us had fruit platter at restaurant and became very sick, vomited all night. Hotel had no Gatorade and made us pay for bottled water. Two who did not have fruit were fine. Marriott Elite member and never had issue with any Marriott property in Puerto Rico. Saving money... to stay there was not worth it. ”
“Three cheese chicken penne and artichoke dip Immediately felt nauseous after 5 minutes of completing meal. I’m the only person who got sick I was unable to drive to my destination from the nausea 10 minutes later I was having uncontrollable diarrhea and vomiting. Sharp stomach pain and head aches ”
“CFIA announced the recall of Alkanater brand Tahina because it might be contaminated with Salmonella. There have been no illnesses reported linked to this recall to date.
CFIA advises consumers to discard the products or return them to the place of purchase. The recalled products were distributed in Quebec and... Ontario. - Alkanater Tahina (454 g). UPC: 6 92551 00002 0. EXP: 08/20/2020. LOT: TT4N-180820 You can check the full recall notice on the CFIA website inspection.gc.ca Source: CFIA ”
“Lettuce and shrimp scampi. About half hour after I ate the house salad I kept feeling sick but would take tums. We ate at 12:15 all throughout the afternoon and evening I felt sick. At 9:15 vomiting up shrimp and something black. Which could have been the lettuce. Kept getting... worse and came more violent and often. 8-10 times an hour until 6:30. I had no desire to see food or drink about 7am I was thirsty and drank sips of water. Still very weak but glad pain is gone, I thought I was going to die. ”