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12 Germs That Cause Food Poisoning

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What exactly is food poisoning?

by Catherine DiBenedetto

In most cases of food poisoning, a microbe in something you ate (or a pathogen that goes from your hand to your mouth) irritates your stomach and intestines—and the consequences aren’t pretty, with symptoms that range from a mildly upset tummy to vomiting and bloody diarrhea. Even though the United States has one of the safest food supplies in the world, one in six people suffer foodborne illness every year, according to government estimates.

Read on to learn about some of the most common bugs that might be lurking in your lunch.

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Next: How do you treat food poisoning?

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