(1) Staphylococcal food intoxication, caused by toxins produced by
(2) Botulism, caused by the toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum. This is
an extremely serious, even fatal illness.
(3) Intoxication due to Clostridium perfringens. This illness has
characteristics of both an infection and an intoxication. The bacteria must enter a
person's body in order to produce the toxin.
f. Foods may also contain poisonous substances that can cause severe
foodborne illness. Cases of poisoning can come from a poisonous plant or animal; from
a poison introduced into the plant or animal; or from poisonous chemicals, such as
those used in cleaning solutions; in pesticides; and in certain metallic containers.