Food Safety

What Causes a Foodborne Illness: Virus or Bacteria?

It seems that every day there’s a story about food poisoning or a product recall due to tainted food products. But are all cases of food poisoning the same? Do they have the same origin? Are they transmitted the same?

A foodborne illness is caused by either bacteria or a virus. Food poisoning from bacteria comes from infected, uncooked foods transmitted to people by unsafe food handling. A virus attacks human intestines and is spread by infected people with a lack of hygiene practices through improper food handling.

Let’s take a look at the two most common forms of bacteria and virus and the similarities and differences in both in this infographic:

Foodborne Illness Bacteria Or Virus: Cambro Blog

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