Pathogenic Bacteria

Learn about bacteria that cause foodborne illness either by infecting the intestinal tissues directly, or by producing bacterial toxins. This section includes food pathogens such as Campylobacter jejuni, Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, and Listeria monocytogenes.

USDA. ARS. Food Safety Research Information Office.

Research publications on bacterial pathogens from peer-reviewed journals. Some publications may be early view or ahead of print. Citations and abstracts are available to all users while full-text availability depends on institutional access levels.

DHHS. CDC. Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases.

Biostatistics for disease outbreaks and research studies and information on educational programs geared toward promoting prevention and control strategies for bacterial zoonoses, enteric disease epidemiology and mycotic diseases.


General information, charts and tables illustrating the most frequent cases of bacteria and viruses associated with food poisoning in the United States.

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Collection of procedures utilized for pathogen detection in food and cosmetic products. General guidelines and procedures and methods for detection of specific pathogens, microbial toxins, foodborne pathogens and other pathogens are discussed.

World Health Organization.

A network of partnering institutions designed to prevent foodborne and other enteric infections through integrating related disciplines and information. Provides training courses and related websites to reduce foodborne illnesses.

The following link is a foodborne pathogens resource developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

An integrated database of expert-curated published historical data on over 44,000 isolates of foodborne pathogens; their associated metadata and results from multiple types of experiments, and data from outbreak and surveillance investigation activities. A ‘private’ workspace is also provided for user-driven data analyses and for sharing of data among network partners. Read the full-text paper for more technical information.