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Food Safety Extension & Research

Bugs That Make You Sick

Most foodborne illnesses are caused by eating food that contains harmful bacteria, viruses or parasites. After the food is eaten, these microorganisms or germs continue to grow and reproduce in your body, causing an infection. Foods also can cause illness if they contain a toxin or poison that is produced by bacteria growing in the food. It is important to know what “bugs” can make you sick.

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