What type of toxins are transported in food?

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gojsawyer eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Food safety has become a growing concern in recent years. Outbreaks of food poisoning caused by e coli and salmonella toxins have been widespread and even deadly.

Both e coli and salmonella can be found in a variety of types of food, including meat, seafood, and eggs. Even fruits and vegetables can carry the toxins. Washing thoroughly and cooking the food to a certain high temperatures are two ways to avoid contamination.

Concerns over food poisoning from salmonella and e coli have spurred an ever-growing push toward food that is organic and local.

shandrew25 | Student

In many cases the toxins can be transported through the food web to humans, often through contaminated shellfish. The toxins can impact humans in different ways leading to mild symptoms or even death. The toxins cause many illnesses, including Ciguatera Fish Poisoning, Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning, Neurotoxic Shellfish Poisoning, Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning, and Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning.