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food poisoning overview and links

lowercasebilllowercasebill Posts: 5,218
edited 8:30AM in EggHead Forum
Foodborne illness (also foodborne disease and colloquially referred to as food poisoning[1] ) is any illness resulting from the consumption of contaminated food.

There are two types of food poisoning: food infection and food intoxication. Food infection refers to the presence of bacteria or other microbes which infect the body after consumption. Food intoxication refers to the ingestion of toxins contained within the food, including bacterially produced exotoxins, which can happen even when the microbe that produced the toxin is no longer present or able to cause infection. In spite of the common term food poisoning, most cases are caused by a variety of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, prions or parasites that contaminate food,[2] rather than chemical or natural toxins.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foodborne_illness

links

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/food/

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/foodborneinfections_g.htm#learnmore

http://www.foodsafety.gov/

http://www.foodsafety.gov/poisoning/causes/index.html
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