Infectious Diseases

Foodborne Illness

Find the latest stories, news, and expert advice about foodborne illnesses, including medical research on symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

Holiday meal.

Holiday Safety: Preventing Foodborne Illness

During the holiday, we may be dining out more while shopping, or as we spend time in celebration. So, how can we prevent food poisoning during the holidays?

By Celeste Cooper, RN

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Ground beef in grocery store.

Recall Alert: 80+ Tons of Ground Beef May Be Contaminated with E. Coli

Check your freezers — this is one nasty cause of food poisoning.

By Lara DeSanto
Romaine lettuce on shelf in store.
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Steer Clear of Romaine Lettuce: An E. Coli Outbreak

The CDC is advising consumers not to eat romaine lettuce due to a multi-state outbreak of food poisoning caused by E. coli and linked to the produce.

By Diane Domina
Woman making turkey dinner in kitchen.

Don't Gobble: Raw Turkey Products Recalled

The CDC, USDA, and public health officials in a number of states are investigating an outbreak of drug-resistant Salmonella linked to raw turkey products.

By Diane Domina
Botulism neurotoxin.

A Possible Antidote to Deadly Botulism

Researchers have identified a compound that strongly inhibits botulinum neurotoxin, the most toxic compound known and potential bioweapon without an antidote.

By Diane Domina
Goldfish cheddar crackers.

Is There Salmonella in Your Goldfish and Crackers?

The FDA is working with a number of companies on a voluntary recall of certain products due to possible Salmonella contamination, including crackers.

By Diane Domina
Woman washing hands in kitchen sink.

97 Percent of Us Don't Wash Our Hands Properly Before Eating

People fail to wash their hands correctly before eating a whopping 97 percent of the time, raising the risk for cross-contamination of foods and kitchen surfaces and spreading foodborne illness, according to the U.S.D.A.

By Diane Domina
Romaine lettuce.

E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other U.S. health agencies are continuing to investigate a multi-state outbreak of E. coli (Escherichia coli) that has sickened at least 98 people.

By Diane Domina
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Listeria in Your Kitchen?

Learn what this harmful bacteria is and how you can help prevent it in your home.

By Dorian Martin
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INFOGRAPHIC: Foodborne Outbreaks

The recent outbreak of salmonella in some brands of Trader Joe’s peanut butter and their subsequent recall, begs the question of what exactly happens before a product is recalled off the shelves due to a foodborne contaminant. It turns out, a whole l...

By Sara Suchy