What is food poisoning?
Food poisoning, more accurately called foodborne illness, is an illness caused by eating spoiled or contaminated food. You may not be able to tell if your food has spoiled by looking at it or smelling it.
Food can spoil when certain types bacteria, fungi or viruses get into it. Some common bacteria that cause foodborne illness are:
E. coli (escherichia coli)
Harmful types of E. coli can sometimes be found on unwashed vegetables or in undercooked ground meat.
Listeria is most often found in raw vegetables, uncooked meat, hot dogs, deli meat and soft cheese. Listeria can make anyone sick, but it is especially harmful for pregnant women, babies, older people or people who are already not very healthy.
Salmonella is most often found in water, eggs, chicken, turkey, and milk products, but it can also be found in other foods.
Other food-related poisonings
Some other poisoning topics related to food you may want to read about: