Germs that Cause Food Poisoning


If you’re not careful with the food you serve to customers, food poisoning could strike at any time—and that’s one mess you don’t want to deal with. For starters, bacteria and viruses are the most common sources of food poisoning. These organisms can be present in the food before it is even prepared, or can pass from the food handler to the customer due to poor personal hygiene or unsafe practices. The following table lists the most common organisms responsible for food poisoning in the United States, the foods in which they are found, and ways to prevent an outbreak in your establishment.

Germs, Their Hosts, and How to Prevent Them



E. Coli

Hepatitis A





Staph Infection


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John Garcia

Amateur cook, expert eater. Originally from Granby, Colorado, I'm a mountain boy who enjoys the simple things in cheeseburgers and pet cats. I'm also a blogger for Food Service Warehouse who enjoys writing about food just as much as eating it.

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