To Destroy The Bacteria.
Minimizing Your Risk Of Salmonella Poisoning
There is no vaccine to prevent salmonellosis, but you can minimize your
chances of contracting it by following these steps.
Contaminated foods may look and smell normal. Thoroughly cook foods to
destroy the bacteria.
Do not eat raw or undercooked eggs, poultry or meat. Remember raw eggs are
contained in foods such as homemade hollandaise sauce, caesar and other
salad dressings, tiramisu, homemade ice cream, homemade mayonnaise, cookie
dough and frostings.
Poultry and meat, including hamburgers, should be well-cooked, not pink in
the middle. If you are served undercooked food in a restaurant, send it
Avoid raw or unpasteurized milk and other dairy products. Mother's milk is
the safest food for infants. Breast feeding prevents salmonellosis and
many other health problems.
Thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables before eating them.
When buying and storing groceries, keep meats separate from fruits,
vegetables, cooked foods and ready-to-eat foods.
Because bacteria grow quickly at room temperature, go directly home from
grocery shopping and refrigerate or freeze food immediately.
Always defrost food in the refrigerator, in cold water or in the
microwave, never at room temperature. Set your refrigerator to 4 degrees C
(40 degrees F) and your freezer to -18 degrees C (0 F).
Wash your hands before handling any food. Be sure to wash your hands,
cutting boards, counters, knives and other utensils after preparing
If you have been diagnosed with salmonellosis, do not prepare food or pour
water for anyone else until you are clear of the bacteria.
Wash your hands after contact with animal feces, for example, after
changing the kitty litter or scooping up after your dog.
Since reptiles can have Salmonella, always wash your hands after handling
them. Reptiles, including turtles, are not appropriate pets for children
and should not be in the same house as an infant.
If you are diagnosed with salmonellosis, be sure that you or your doctor
informs the local Public Health Department. If many cases occur at the
same time, it may mean that a restaurant or a particular food item has a
problem that needs to be corrected.
Compiled and edited by Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director