The US Food and Drug Administration has released an updated edition of the “Bad Bug Book,” its handbook on pathogenic microorganisms and natural toxins. A new feature of the second edition is the inclusion of a “consumer box” in each chapter which provides general information on each hazard in non-technical language. The following is a summary of the book from the FDA web site.
“The second edition of the Bad Bug Book, published by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides current information about the major known agents that cause foodborne illness. The information provided in this handbook is abbreviated and general in nature, and is intended for practical use. It is not intended to be a comprehensive scientific or clinical reference. Each chapter in this book is about a pathogen – a bacterium, virus, or parasite – or a natural toxin that can contaminate food and cause illness. The book contains scientific and technical information about the major pathogens that cause these kinds of illnesses. A separate “consumer box” in each chapter provides non-technical information, in everyday language. The boxes describe plainly what can make you sick and, more important, how to prevent it.”
The “Bad Bug Book,” Second Edition can be downloaded here as a PDF file from FDA’s web site.