Content tagged "foodborne illness"

Shigella

 Shigella are Gram-negative, non-motile, non-sporeforming, rod-shaped bacteria capable of causing disease in humans. Disease occurs when virulent Shigella...

E. coli O157:H7

E. coli is one of the most common causes of foodborne illness. E. coli, short for Escherichia coli, is a bacterium from the family Enterobacteriaceae usually...

Cyclospora

Cyclospora cayetanensis is a microscopic intestinal protozoan parasite that has been known as a cyanobacterium-like, coccidia-like, and cyclospora-like body...

Home Canning

Food Safety Updated: November 09, 2015

  All home-canned foods should be canned according to tested recipes and procedures from USDA. Low-acid and tomato foods not canned according to the...

Trichinella spiralis

Food Safety Updated: October 28, 2015

Historically, trichinellosis has been associated with eating Trichinella-infected pork from domesticated sources. However, wild game meat has now become the...

Classification of Foodborne Pathogens

Food Safety Updated: October 28, 2015

Classification of Foodborne Pathogens Foodborne illnesses are generally caused by contamination of food with biological agents or pathogens (viruses,...

Botulism

Goats Updated: September 30, 2013

Botulism is a rare and strange disease. Occasional cases can be seen in individual animals or as a herd outbreak due to contaminated feed or water. A herd...

Clostridium botulinum

Keith R. Schneider, Mickey E. Parish, and Renée M. Goodrich Botulism is caused by the nerve toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, and can...

Cryptosporidium

Members of the Cryptosporidium genus are protozoa (single-celled animals) that live by invading other cells and are therefore parasites. “Crypto” organisms...

Foodborne Illness

Food Safety Updated: September 13, 2011

What is a foodborne illness? The next time you experience symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or fever, you may want to consider a foodborne illness as...

Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning

Food Safety Updated: October 29, 2010

Amnesic shellfish poisoning is a rare syndrome caused by a toxin made by a microscopic red-brown salt-water plant or diatom called Nitzschia pungens. The...

Staphylococcus aureus

Food Safety Updated: October 29, 2010

This bacterium is part of the normal flora of humans and is found on nasal passages, skin and mucous membranes and, especially important for food handlers,...

Bacillus anthracis

Food Safety Updated: October 29, 2010

Bacillus species are Gram-positive, aerobic, ubiquitous bacteria characterized by their ability to form resistant spore coats. About 48 known species exist...

Bacillus cereus

Food Safety Updated: October 29, 2010

Bacillus species are gram-positive, aerobic, ubiquitous bacteria characterized by their ability to form resistant spore coats. About 48 known species exist...

What is E. coli O157:H7?

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