F.D.A. reissues 'Bad Bug Book'

by Keith Nunes
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WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has published the second edition of its “Bad Bug Book,” a handbook that highlights food borne pathogenic microorganisms and natural toxins that may contaminate food and beverage products.

The agents described in the book range from live pathogenic organisms, such as bacteria, protozoa, worms, and fungi, to non-living entities, such as viruses, prions, and natural toxins, according to the F.D.A. Included in the book’s chapters are descriptions of the agents’ characteristics, habitats and food sources, infective doses, and general disease symptoms and complications. Also included are examples of outbreaks, if applicable; the frequency with which the agent causes illness in the United States; and susceptible populations. In addition, the chapters contain brief overviews of the analytical methods used to detect, isolate, and/or identify the pathogens or toxins.

The second edition of the “Bad Bug Book” may be downloaded from the Internet by clicking here: Bad Bug Book

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