Preventing Salmonellosis

You can prevent salmonellosis by:

Minimizing Your Risk

Wash your hands

  • Wash hands after using the bathroom and changing diapers, and before handling or eating any food.

  • Make sure that persons with diarrhea, especially children, wash their hands carefully and frequently with soap to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.

  • Always wash hands after contact with farm animals, pets, animal feces, and animal environments.

  • Hand Hygiene
    Wash Your Hands!

Keep your food preparation areas clean

  • Keep raw meat and poultry separate from produce and other foods when shopping for and storing groceries.

  • Wash hands, cutting boards, countertops, cutlery, and utensils after handling uncooked poultry.

  • Wash raw fruits and vegetables before eating.

  • Cross-Contamination
    Food and kitchen tools and surfaces may become contaminated from raw food products.

Avoid unpasteurized foods

  • Avoid unpasteurized (raw) milk and foods made from unpasteurized milk

Cook and store your food at the appropriate temperatures

  • Do not eat raw or undercooked eggs. Use pasteurized eggs when making items that do not require cooking, such as hollandaise sauce, salad dressing, uncooked pies, or homemade ice cream.

  • Thoroughly cook raw meat and poultry to destroy the bacteria. Meat, poultry, and hamburgers should be cooked until they are no longer pink in the middle.

  • Storage and Cooking Temperatures
    Learn more about storage and cooking temperatures

  • Defrost food in the refrigerator, in cold water, or in the microwave. Food should be stored in a refrigerator that is 40°F or cooler or a freezer that is 0°F or cooler.

Be careful when handling animals

Use caution when swimming

  • Avoid swallowing lake or pool water while swimming.

  • Anyone with a diarrheal illness should avoid swimming in public pools or lakes, sharing baths with others, and preparing food for others.

  • Healthy Swimming
    CDC; Contains information on recreational waterborne illnesses. Attention: Non-MDH link

 

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Updated Monday, April 16, 2012 at 04:18PM