Staphylococcus aureus is a Gram-positive coccus that forms “grape-like” clusters of cells. It is also known for the “golden” appearance of its colonies, which is produced by a protective carotenoid pigment called Staphyloxanthin (Clanditz et al., 2006). S. aureus is an opportunistic pathogen with many toxins and virulence factors at its disposal.
The Most Common Causes of Food Poisoning (and How to Treat It)
When the weather warms up, is there any lunch better than a picnic lunch? Ice-cold drinks, homemade sandwiches, and creamy potato salad, enjoyed for hours in the sunshine ... wait. How long has that potato salad been sitting there in the sun? Sadly, warmer weather also means more opportunities for the bacteria and viruses that cause foodborne illnesses to thrive on food that has been improperly prepared or stored. From shellfish to undercooked poultry, here are the most common food poisoning...