Foodborne disease is caused by consuming contaminated foods or beverages. Many different disease-causing microbes, or pathogens, can contaminate foods, so there are many different foodborne infections. In addition, poisonous chemicals, or other harmful substances can cause foodborne diseases if they are present in food.
Types of Food Borne Illness
The most commonly recognized foodborne infections are those caused by bacteria such as Campylobacter, Salmonella, and E. Coli, and by a group of viruses known as Norwalk and Norwalk-like viruses.