Biological hazards

Biological hazards are living organisms that are capable of causing infections or producing toxins. Generally, these are referred to as pathogens.

This group includes pathogenic forms of bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi.

Then there are the weird ones such as prions!

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES – visit the sites shown below for more detailed information:

The Bad Bug Book (US Food and Drug Administration) (detailed information)

Common Foodborne Pathogens (Iowa State University) (a more simplified overview)


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