Prevent Food Poisoning

October 22, 2015 / Leah Boles

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Just during the month of September we saw two major food recalls for Salmonellosis (commonly referred to as “Salmonella”) for: Custom Produce Sales’ cucumbers and Sincerely Nuts Inc. macadamia nuts.

Salmonellosis, the infection caused by the bacteria Salmonella, is one of the most frequently reported foodborne illnesses in the United States. Salmonella comes from the intestinal tracts of animals, including birds and people. People usually become infected with Salmonella by eating foods contaminated with animal feces. Any food can become contaminated; however, the most common foods are beef, poultry, milk and eggs. Typical symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and fever. Symptoms usually become present within 8 to 72 hours of ingestion. Infections usually resolve in three to seven days, and mild cases often do not require professional treatment, although, more severe cases require antibiotics.

Contaminated food cannot be detected by smelling, tasting, or by its appearance. However, there are some measures you can take to try to prevent food poisoning from Salmonellosis:

  • Cook poultry, ground beef and eggs thoroughly. Do not eat or drink foods containing raw eggs, or raw (unpasteurized) milk.

  • Produce should be thoroughly washed.

  • Wash hands, kitchen work surfaces, and utensils with soap and water immediately after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry.

  • Store raw meat, poultry and seafood away from other foods in your refrigerator.

  • If possible, have two cutting boards in your kitchen — one for raw meat and the other for fruits and vegetables.

  • Never place cooked food on an unwashed plate that previously held raw meat.

  • Cook foods to a safe internal temperature. Use a meat thermometer to make sure foods are cooked to a safe temperature. Find the safe minimum cooking temperatures here.

  • Keep food properly refrigerated before cooking. Find information on how to properly refrigerate food here.

  • Chill foods promptly after serving and when transporting from one place to another.

  • Wash hands with soap after handling reptiles, birds, or baby chicks, and after contact with pet feces.

  • If you are served undercooked meat, poultry or eggs in a restaurant, don't hesitate to send it back to the kitchen for further cooking.

For further information, you can keep track of FDA’s safety recalls here.

SOURCES:

FDA.

CNN Health

FoodSafety.gov

Category: Nutrition / Safety