Foodborne illness, also known as food poisoning, is an illness resulting from consuming food that has harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemicals that can make you sick. You can have foodborne illness and not even know.
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Botulism is a rare infection caused by the bacteria, Clostridium botulinum. These germs make a toxin (poison) that affects your nervous system and can cause paralysis. This germ is found worldwide in soil and dust and also can be found in the intestines of animals.