Bridging the Gap From Farm to Fork

I have mentioned previously a great issue that has caused a divide among producers and consumers which is the lack of agricultural education in many developed societies. This is something that is vital in understanding the reasoning behind decisions that … Continued

How Does Disease Spread?

We know that there are loads and loads of pathogens out there.  I’ve talked about a few high profile microorganisms that pose a significant threat as common foodborne illnesses, but how do these pathogens spread?  The simplest and broadest way … Continued

Foodborne Illness Resources

As we come to the close of 2017, I think it is important to start the new year right by providing a list of important foodborne illness resources that are used in recording and tracking foodborne diseases and illnesses, as … Continued

Foodborne Parasites [Protozoa]

Foodborne parasites consist of various different groups including protozoa, roundworms, and tapeworms.  Protozoa are single-celled organisms that can multiply in humans.  While they are further classified by the way in which they move, I will not be going into that … Continued


Clostridium is a genus of bacteria that can cause various types of illnesses including food poisoning, botulism, tetanus, and other infections.  Of these, Clostridium perfringens and Clostridium botulinum are capable of causing foodborne illnesses.  C. perfringens is one of the top causes of foodborne … Continued