What cause typical food borne illness diseases?

Typically, food-borne illnesses are caused by one of three major factors which introduce or allow potentially hazardous bacteria, viruses, toxins or other substances to be in the food we eat. The three main factors are:

  • Poor hand washing or poor personal hygiene of the person(s) preparing the food
  • Cross-contamination of ready-to eat food by raw food
  • Time and temperature abuse of foods (not cold enough, hot enough or in between the two for too long)

The majority of food-borne illnesses reported and verified each year are caused by the following bacteria or viruses:

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1. What are symptoms of food-borne illness?
2. What cause typical food borne illness diseases?
3. Who do I notify if I think I have food poisoning?
4. What is a food-borne illness outbreak?
5. Will my name be given to the restaurant if I report a food borne illness?
6. How is a food borne illness proven?