informational purposes only. Consult your Doctor.
Salmonella is a genus of
rod-shaped Gram-negative enterobacteria that causes typhoid
fever, paratyphoid fever, and food borne illness. Salmonella
species are motile and produce hydrogen sulfide.
The prevention of Salmonella
as a food illness involves effective sanitizing of food
contact surfaces. Alcohol has proven to be an effective
topical sanitizer against Salmonella.
This information was taken
from Department of Health and Human Services: Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention and FDA / Center for Food
Safety & Applied Nutrition.
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What can I do to prevent
- Cook poultry, ground beef, and eggs
thoroughly. Do not eat or drink foods containing raw eggs,
or raw (unpasteurized) milk.
- If you are served undercooked meat,
poultry or eggs in a restaurant, don't hesitate to send it
back to the kitchen for further cooking.
- Wash hands, kitchen work surfaces, and
utensils with soap and water immediately after they have
been in contact with raw meat or poultry.
- Be particularly careful with foods
prepared for infants, the elderly, and the immunocompromised.
- Wash hands with soap after handling
reptiles, birds, or baby chicks, and after contact with pet
- Avoid direct or even indirect contact
between reptiles (turtles, iguanas, other lizards, snakes)
and infants or immunocompromised persons.
- Don't work with raw poultry or meat, and
an infant (e.g., feed, change diaper) at the same time.
- Mother's milk is the safest food for
young infants. Breastfeeding prevents salmonellosis and many
other health problems.