Raw or undercooked shellfish can contain harmful bacteria and viruses, such as Vibrio vulnificus or norovirus.
Raw milk, cheese, or other dairy products that haven't been pasteurized can carry bacteria like E. coli, Listeria, or Salmonella.
Raw sprouts, including alfalfa, mung bean, or clover sprouts, are prone to bacterial contamination, especially with E. coli or Salmonella.
Consuming raw or undercooked eggs may expose you to Salmonella bacteria. This risk is particularly high for dishes like homemade mayonnaise.
Consuming undercooked or raw meat, such as beef, pork, or poultry, can lead to foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria like Salmonella, E. coli, or Campylobacter.
Certain wild mushrooms are highly toxic and can cause severe illness or even be fatal if consumed unknowingly.
Raw leafy greens, including lettuce and spinach, can be contaminated with E. coli, Salmonella, or other pathogens if not properly washed or handled.
Damaged or bulging cans, as well as improperly canned foods, may harbor bacteria like Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism.
Hot dogs and other processed meats are at risk of contamination during production, which can lead to the presence of harmful bacteria or parasites.
Fruit Pits and Seeds
Ingesting large quantities of certain fruit pits and seeds, such as those from apples, cherries, or apricots, can release toxic compounds like cyanide.