Preventing Yersiniosis

You can prevent yersiniosis by:

Minimizing Your Risk

Wash your hands

  • After handling raw chitterlings, clean hands and fingernails scrupulously with soap and water.
    • Especially before touching infants or their toys, bottles, or pacifiers.
    • Someone other than the foodhandler should care for children while chitterlings are being prepared.

  • 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 pork and other meat separate from produce and other foods when shopping for and storing groceries.

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

  • Wash raw fruits and vegetables before eating.

  • Someone other than the foodhandler should care for children while chitterlings are being prepared.

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

Cook and store your food at the appropriate temperatures

  • Avoid eating raw or undercooked pork.

  • Thoroughly cook raw meat and poultry to destroy the bacteria.

  • Meat, poultry, pork, 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 dealing with animals

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

  • Yersinia enterocolitica and Pigs
    CDC fact sheet answers some commons questions about Yersinia and pigs.

 

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Updated Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 12:51PM