UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Infectious Disease

Title: Food Poisoning

Keywords: Food Poisoning, Diarrhea (PubMed Search)

Posted: 6/14/2008 by Michael Bond, MD (Updated: 4/24/2024)
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Now that we have entered the session of cookouts, picnics, and family get togethers I thought I would review some of the more common causes of food poisoning and the typical foods that they are found in.


Foods Typically Found In

Onset of Symptoms

Staphylococcus aureus

Meat and seafood salads, sandwich spreads and high salt foods.

4-6 hours


Meat; poultry, fish and eggs and now tomatoes

12 to 24 hours. Assoociated with fever

Clostridium perfringens

Meat and poultry dishes, sauces and gravies.

12 to 24 hours.

Vibrio parahaemolyticus

Raw and cooked seafood.

12 to 24 hours.  Associated with fever

Bacillus cereus

Starchy food. Typically Chinese Fried Rice in test questions

12 to 24 hours.

Campylobacter jejuni

Meat, poulty, milk, and mushrooms.

 24 hours