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Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is caused by consuming foods which are contaminated with any combination of four pathogenic substances, these being; bacteria, toxins, viruses, and/or parasites. Contamination typically arises from improper handling, preparation or storage of food. Food poisoning can also be caused by adding pesticides or medicines to food, or by accidentally consuming naturally poisonous substances such as poisonous mushrooms or non-edible substances. Contact between food and pests, especially flies, rodents and cockroaches, is another potential cause of the contamination of food.

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Mercury Poisoning

Mercury is a bioaccumulative toxin that is easily absorbed through the skin, respiratory and gastrointestinal tissues. Minamata disease is a form of mercury poisoning.

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