Every year, more than 10 million Canadians get food poisoning, also known as “foodborne illness.”
Food poisoning occurs when a person gets sick from eating food that has been contaminated with harmful bacteria, parasites or viruses. The most common symptoms of food poisoning include stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.
Protect yourself by learning about food poisoning, its symptoms and treatments, and how to avoid getting sick in the first place.
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Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve poison that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum).
Cronobacter (formerly known as Enterobacter sakazakii) is a type of bacteria that is sometimes found in food. These bacteria are not commonly linked to human illness, but in rare cases they can cause serious or fatal infections.
Our food supply in Canada is generally very safe, but sometimes the food we eat may carry bacteria that can make us sick, like Escherichia coli O157:H7, which is commonly called E. coli.
Listeria and Listeriosis
Listeria is bacteria found in food, soil, plants, sewage and other places in nature. Animals and humans can carry Listeria in their intestines without knowing it.
Salmonella and Salmonellosis
People who eat food contaminated by Salmonella can become ill with salmonellosis. The disease is more common in summer than in winter.
Vibrios are toxin-producing bacteria that are found naturally in water, fish and shellfish. Vibrios are usually transferred to people when they eat food or drink beverages that are contaminated.
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