Preventing Yersiniosis - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Preventing Yersiniosis

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 food handler 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.

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 food handler should care for children while chitterlings are being prepared.

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.
  • 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.

Do you suspect that you have a foodborne or waterborne illness? Visit reporting suspected foodborne/waterborne illnesses.

Updated Tuesday, 29-Jan-2019 15:48:21 CST