Small children/babies are incredibly prone to food poisoning, pregnant moms, the elderly and those that are immunocompromised, especially HIV infections and cancer patients.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that 1 in 10 people worldwide, fall sick from food poisoning. Within that 10%, 420 000 people worldwide incur severe infections or complications from food poisoning and die from food poisoning each year.
Food poisoning can be defined as an illness caused by consuming food or drink that has been contaminated causing nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea.
There are 2 main viruses in food that are involved with food poisoning. Hepatitis A & Noroviruses. Although bacteria are the most common food poisoning organisms, viruses do play a role in food safety. The foods that seem to be most responsible for the viral infection are those with little to no processing. These include foods such as oysters, clams, mussels and scallops as well as fresh produce (salads and fruits).