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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

Panda Express, Taggart Drive, Salem, OR, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Other
“Just myself. I ate about half the sweet fire chicken around 7pm last night and was planning on saving the rest for lunch. Waking for work this morning I had a splitting migraine and my stomach in knots. Within 2 hours of working I had to leave from the discomfort.... See More I ended up having an "accident" while driving home.
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Ito Ramen, Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Diarrhea Other Cramps
“Had the Tokyo Spicy Pork Belly ramen yesterday. Today I have diarrhea and occasional painful stomach cramps. I don’t if this was culprit or something else because I’ve eaten here many times before and this has never happened to me before. I did notice that the noodles seemed to be... See More a little undercooked as they are usually really soft. However I thought this was because I ordered this to go and the noodles and broth were separate.
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Hot Cheetos, Saint Paul, MN, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Nausea Vomiting
“I ate half a bag of hot Cheetos on January 21 2019 I remember because on January 22nd I had a judge trip to go to. I then got sulfur burps which I’ve never had before and it scared me I went to bed and I couldn’t sleep because I... See More felt nauseous then I had the longest burp and threw up in the toilet which looked like chunks of blood 🤢
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Grocery Outlet, Pennsauken Township, NJ, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Nausea Other
“Bought Beef
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Walmart Supercenter, Minnesota 33, Cloquet, MN, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Cramps Bloody Stool Sweating
“Premade chef salad. (No eggs) from there Ate half of salad for dinner same day I bought on Fri. June 19. In middle of night experienced super hot flush w/ what felt like a bad sweat. Cramping and a feeling of vomiting.
Nausea. ”
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Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar, Albert Street, Regina, SK, Canada

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Cramps
“Ordered a chicken sandwich with ceaser salad for delivery. Within an hour I had severe abdominal cramping followed by diarrhea which continued throughout the evening and this morning. Just starting to feel better now. ”
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Chef Boyardee spaghetti and meatballs, Walmart, Colorado, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Fever Vomiting Headache
“Chef Boyardee spaghetti and meatballs from there. I was the only one who ate it. I was the only one who got sick. Symptoms started in the middle of the night. I had fever as well. Then vommitting and diareah the next day with headache. ”
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Chopsticks House, 86 Society Street, Charleston, SC, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Nausea Vomiting
Chicken fried rice A few hours after eating chicken fried rice started vomiting.  Didn’t eat anything else that day  ”
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Muchas Gracias, Northeast 7th Street, Grants Pass, OR, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Other
Fish tacos - Only I got sick. I ordered fish tacos that didnt taste right and 5 days later the symptoms began showing. I went to urgent care and was diagnosed with a UTI. I was in severe pain and urinating blood. They sent my culture's off to the lab... See More and they tested positive for E. Coli. I have informed the health department.
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BAPS! Restaurant, South Escondido Boulevard, Escondido, CA, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Diarrhea
Chicken fettuccini  Diarrhea started about four hours after I ate at approximately 6 PM I was the only one who got sick out of the group of five people at the restaurant with me. Nobody else had the same item that I did. The diarrhea continued through the night and... See More the next morning. I called the restaurant and left a message for one of the Owners or manager to call me back and I have not heard from them. I will try to call them again later this afternoon after their lunch rush.
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