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How can I prevent salmonella infection?

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Even though salmonella can hide in a variety of foods, you can do a lot of things yourself to help ensure the sneaky bacteria doesn’t invade your gut. For example:

  • Avoid eating raw or barely cooked eggs.
  • Don’t eat raw or undercooked beef, pork, or poultry.
  • Refrigerate food properly, both before cooking it and after serving it.
  • Wash your hands well with soap and warm water before, and after, handling food.
  • Keep kitchen surfaces clean before preparing food on them.
  • Do not mix cooked food with raw food or use the same utensils to prepare them – for example, don’t use the same knife to slice mushrooms that you used to cut raw chicken, and use different plates or cutting boards to slice them on.
  • Cook each kind of meat to its correct minimum temperature.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after touching animals, their toys, and their bedding.
  • Wash raw fruits and vegetables well, and peel them if possible.

From: What Is Salmonella? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Salmonella.”

World Health Organization: “Salmonella (non-typhoidal).”

Foodsafety.org: “Sneaky Salmonella: It’s Common, Costly, and Preventable.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions – Salmonella Infection.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Salmonella infection.”

Kids Health from Nemours: “Salmonella Infections.”

Foodsafety.gov: “Salmonella.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 28, 2018

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Salmonella.”

World Health Organization: “Salmonella (non-typhoidal).”

Foodsafety.org: “Sneaky Salmonella: It’s Common, Costly, and Preventable.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions – Salmonella Infection.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Salmonella infection.”

Kids Health from Nemours: “Salmonella Infections.”

Foodsafety.gov: “Salmonella.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 28, 2018

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