Etiology Food Poisoning

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Disease caused by Bacillus cereus, Clostridium spp., and Staphylococcus aureus.

Clostridium species responsible for food poisoning most notoriously includes C. botulinum but also C. perfringens. For the former, see also food poisoning associated with canned goods.

Note that food poisoning is not necessarily identical to foodborne illness but instead is associated, when caused by bacteria, specifically by ingestion of exotoxins and, when affecting specifically the gastrointestinal tract, including by ingestion of enterotoxins. See also foodborne gastrointestinal infection.

C. perfringens is also the cause of gas gangrene.

C. botulinum is also the cause of a foodborne illness in infants that is associated with ingestion of endospores rather than strictly botulinum toxin.

Note that there are also foodborne intoxication associated with ingestion of algae toxins in association with seafood.