botulism in a jar of peppers

Foodborne illness, or food poisoning as it is commonly called, is not a pleasant experience. Most foodborne illnesses are the result of microorganisms. Pages linked below describe characteristics of many of the foodborne pathogens and include PDF fact sheets for download.

Bacteria

Virus

Aeromonas hydrophilia Hepatitis A
Bacillus cereus
Campylobacter jejuni
Clostridium botulinum

Parasites

Clostridium perfringens Giardia lamblia
Escherichinia coli O157:H7 (E Coli) Trichinella spiralis
Listeria monocytogenes
Salmonella
Shigella
Staphylococcus aureus
Vibrio
Yersinia enterocolitica