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Can Toxins Cause Food Poisoning?

Can Toxins Cause Food Poisoning?


Toxins CAN cause food poisoning.

More Info: You can contract food poisoning by ingesting food that has been infected by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or toxins and includes botulism, cholera, E. coli, campylobacter, listeria, salmonella, and shigella.

What Is Botulism?

Botulism is a paralytic illness caused by Clostridium botulinum poisoning. Most commonly a result of ingesting the toxin from food, specifically home canned products or products fermented without being cooked, it causes complete paralysis and often lead to death of the sufferer. It can also be passed to children if they ingest honey within the first year or life, resulting in what is known as infant botulism. Treatment often includes supportive care in a hospital setting, an antitoxin, and, for infant botulism, Botulism Immune Globulin.

What Is Salmonella?

Salmonella is a family of bacteria consisting of more than 2,300 serotypes of gram-negative, rod-shaped bacilli. Bacteria from this family can cause diarrheal illnesses in humans and animals. The most common cause of food borne illness in humans, Salmonella is transmitted through fecal contamination of food and water. The bacteria can adhere to fruits and vegetables when they contact Salmonella-tainted water and can contaminate meat during slaughter and processing. The best way to prevent infection is by following food safety protocols such as washing hands frequently, cleaning all vegetables, careful handling of raw meat and cooking food to appropriate temperatures


Center for Disease Control
Foodborne Illness


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