Most Common Foodborne Illness - Foodborne illness (also foodborne disease and colloquially referred to as food poisoning) is any illness resulting from the consumption of contaminated food.
There are two types of food poisoning: infectious agent and toxic agent. 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, or parasites that contaminate food, rather than chemical or natural toxins.
The most common foodborne illness would have to be salmonella. Salmonella is a bacteria and occurs in the intestines of birds. Salmonella causes fever and abdominal cramps. It is only life threatening if the person has a compromised immune system or another underlying illness.
Most Common Foodborne Illness