Infectious hepatitis can be caused by several different Hepatitis viruses. The most common are A, B and C, though of these three, only Hepatitis A can be transferred through contaminated food and water. Children often do not show symptoms of Hepatitis. Ten to fifteen percent of people who do not show symptoms can still carry the disease for up to six months.
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In recent tests by Consumer Reports over 80% of chicken breasts for sale in grocery stores tested positive for Campylobacter. Campylobacteriosis affects children under five and young adults (15-29) more frequently than other age groups.
Noroviruses are common in North America and are very contagious, affecting all age groups. Norovirus illness can happen year-round, but outbreaks are more common in fall and winter months. The illness is easily spread in group settings where people are in close contact, like schools, hospitals, childcare facilities, nursing homes, cruise ships, and passenger trains.
People who eat food contaminated by Salmonella can become ill with salmonellosis. The disease is more common in summer than in winter. Like other foodborne illnesses, the symptoms of salmonellosis can feel like stomach flu, but they can also develop into serious illness with long-lasting effects.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning distributors, retailers and food service establishments such as hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals and nursing homes not to sell or use the products described below due to possible Listeria contamination. This recall was triggered by a CFIA sample result.
The bacteria can be transferred to the outer surface of meat during butchering. Processing can then spread the bacteria throughout the meat. Raw fruits and vegetables can also become contaminated with E.coli while in the field, through improperly composted manure, contaminated water, wildlife and contaminated harvesters.
Eating food with Listeria on it can cause a serious disease called listeriosis. It is very dangerous to pregnant women, older adults and people with weakened immune systems. In serious cases, listeriosis can lead to miscarriage, brain infection, blood poisoning and even death.
March 17 2014 the following cheese products are being recalled because of listeria contamination. Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.