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Friday, November 27, 2009

Food Safety - Part 1 - Salmonella

Re-post Courtesy of Riverwalker's Stealth Survival

There are many different ways for food to become contaminated. Once contaminated it should be disposed of properly. Avoid food poisoning and therefore its sometimes deadly effects by knowing the proper means of handling and preparing your food. Learn to recognize the different symptoms of the various kinds of food posoning and its effects. Always practice food safety.

Food Poisoning Type - Salmonella

This type of bacteria causes food poisoning when eaten in a food that contains large amounts of this type of bacteria. It’s the most common cause of food poisoning in the majority of countries. The main source of salmonella food poisoning are foods that are not heated or cooked sufficiently to destroy the bacteria or become contaminated after they are cooked or heated.

Signs and Symptoms - Salmonella

The symptoms of salmonella poisoning are diarrhoea, vomiting and fever. These symptoms usuallly occur 10 to 24 hours after eating contaminated food and the effects can last for anywhere from two to four days. These symptoms can be fatal to elderly people, people who are already sick or have a compromised immune sytem, or infants and very young children. Always exercise greater care when handling or preparing food for infants or young children.

Sources of Salmonella Poisoning

1.) The main sources of salmonella poisoning are poultry, eggs, and egg products. Avoid consuming raw doughs or batters containing eggs prior to being fully cooked. Raw cookie dough may taste good but can be potentially dangerous!

2.) Certain dairy products may also pose a potential risk to your health.

Prevention Tips - Salmonella

1.) Keep raw foods separate from cooked foods at all times.

2.) Always carefully clean cooking utensils and equipment before each use.

3.) Never use the same kitchen utensils or equipment on both raw food and cooked food.

4.) People with stomach problems should not prepare or handle cooked foods prior to their consumption.

5.) Use good personal hygiene at all times. Always thoroughly wash your hands before and after handling raw food and prior to handling any cooked food.

A little safety goes a long way in keeping you and your family safe. In an emergency or crisis situation, the last thing you will need is a case of food poisoning added to your list of problems.

Staying above the water line!


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