Health Matters: Fighting Food Borne Illnesses

By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email
By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email

June 14, 2011
Although the current E. coli scare is confined to Germany, it may be a reminder to protecting yourself from food borne illness.
Progress has been made against some infections caused by food in this country, but salmonella is still a concern.
Salmonella outbreaks are commonly found in poultry, eggs, beef and pork, fruits and vegetables and even peanut butter.
Officials at the Food and Drug Administration believe new safety requirements will help to reduce food borne illnesses.
There are things you can do:.
-Thoroughly cook all meats to kill any possible bacteria.
-Separate raw meat and poultry from produce and other foods to avoid cross-contamination.
-Keep food chilled so bacteria growth is slowed.
-Wash your hands in between handling different foods.
These steps may help prevent you from becoming one of the one in six people who become sick from from tainted food each year.

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