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How can I prepare foods to avoid E. coli infection?

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Be careful with foods that carry the greatest chance of contamination. For example:

In your kitchen:

  • Cook hamburgers until they’re 160°F inside
  • Drink only pasteurized milk, juice, and cider
  • Wash all of your produce before you eat it
  • Clean knives, counters, and cutting boards with hot, soapy water after raw meat has touched them.
  • Don’t put cooked meat back on the same plate you used for raw meat without washing the plate first

SOURCES:

CDC: “E. coli.”

Johns Hopkins Health Library: “Escherichia coli O157:H7,” “Escherichia coli.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease: “E. coli.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions -- E. coli.”

KidsHealth.org (Nemours Foundation): “E. coli.”

World Health Organization: “E. coli Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on December 21, 2016

SOURCES:

CDC: “E. coli.”

Johns Hopkins Health Library: “Escherichia coli O157:H7,” “Escherichia coli.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease: “E. coli.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions -- E. coli.”

KidsHealth.org (Nemours Foundation): “E. coli.”

World Health Organization: “E. coli Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on December 21, 2016

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