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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) have partnered with live animal markets to launch Healthy Markets, a campaign to promote healthy behaviors at the markets.

For many people, buying meat and poultry from live animal market is an important tradition, but handling raw meat and having close contact with live animals carry certain health risks.  We want to encourage simple things customers can do at the markets and in their homes to protect their health and the health of their families.

Did you know?

  • Animals naturally carry bacteria and viruses that can cause illness in people, including Escherichia coli, Salmonella, and influenza viruses.
  • In Minnesota, 600-800 cases of Salmonella infections are reported every year.
  • In 2011, there was a large Salmonella outbreak in Minnesota associated with the live animal markets. In that outbreak, most of those who got sick were children.

What can I do to stay healthy?

At the Market:

  • Wash your hands before and after visiting the animals.
  • Carry raw meat or poultry home in appropriate containers like clean bags or coolers.
  • Do not enter the animal area if you are younger than 5 years old, are 65 years old or older, have a certain medical conditions like lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, weakened immune systems, or neurological conditions.

At Home:

  • Chill your raw meat and poultry in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook it.
  • Freeze raw meat and poultry if you are not planning to cook it in three days.
  • Keep raw meat and poultry away from foods that won’t be cooked.
  • Wash your hands, utensils, and cutting boards before and after contact with raw meat and poultry.

Healthy Markets materials

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image of hand hygiene poster

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Updated Tuesday, 28-Jan-2014 13:58:55 CST