The Most Common Foodborne Illnesses

The chart represents the top five foodborne pathogens. Most foodborne pathogens can be transmitted not only by food, but also environmental sources like surfaces or water, and would be less of an issue if basic sanitary measures (like hand-washing) and proper food handling, storage and preparation steps were followed. The chart below represents the top five foodborne pathogens:

Pathogen Estimated number of illnesses
Norovirus 5,461,731
Salmonella, nontyphoidal 1,027,561
Clostridium perfringens 965,958
Campylobacter spp. 845,024
Staphylococcus aureus 241,148