Food Poisoning

Food poisoning refers to illness caused by bacteria or viruses on or in the foods you eat. Undercooked meat, raw poultry, and uncooked eggs are commonly recognized as sources of the pathogens that cause food poisoning. However, there are other, less recognized sources of illness-causing microbes. Read on for 12 surprising sources of the bacteria and viruses that can leave you with painful stomach cramping, diarrhea, and vomiting.

12. Sprouts

Alfalfa Sprouts

According to the FDA, the warm and moist conditions required to grow sprouts and beans can lead to the growth of bacteria. These bacteria can include Salmonella, Listeria, and E. Coli. To avoid suffering from food poisoning from alfalfa, clover, radish, and bean sprouts, cook your sprouts thoroughly. Never consume raw sprouts if you are pregnant or have a weakened immune system. Small children and frail or elderly adults should avoid eating raw sprouts as well.

11. Soft Cheese

Soft Cheese

Soft cheese such as feta, brie, and camembert are made from unpasteurized milk. The FDA warns that foods containing unpasteurized milk may carry Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, E. coli, Listeria, or Salmonella. Unpasteurized milk is milk, which has not been heated to kill germs that may be present. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studied Listeria poisonings that occurred between 1998 and 2014. This report revealed that 30 percent of those poisonings were linked to the consumption of soft cheese. In addition to soft cheese, other raw milk products such as yogurt may also be at risk for contamination.


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