What foods give people food poisoning/ diarrhea?
Food-borne illnesses affect millions of people each year. Particularly vulnerable to these infections are young children, the elderly, and persons with chronic or serious illnesses, whose immune systems are already weakened. Most food-borne illnesses are caused by eating food containing certain types of bacteria or viruses. After a person has eaten these foods, the microorganisms continue to grow, causing an infection. Foods can also cause illness if they contain a toxin or poison produced by bacteria growing in food. Several different kinds of bacteria can cause food poisoning. Some of the common bacteria include the following: Salmonella and Campylobacter – normally found in warm-blooded animals such as cattle, poultry, and swine and may be present in raw meat, poultry, eggs, or unpasteurized dairy products. Clostridium perfringens – may be present in raw meat, poultry, eggs, or unpasteurized dairy products, as well as in vegetables and crops that come into contact with soil. Infecti