Foodborne illness or food poisoning is caused by consuming food contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, toxins, viruses, prions or parasites.
Such contamination usually arises from improper handling, preparation or storage of food.
Foodborne illness can also be caused by adding pesticides or medicines to food, or by accidentally consuming naturally poisonous substances.
Contact between food and pests, especially flies, rodents and cockroaches, is a further cause of contamination of food.
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Editor's Note: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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