Salmonella is a type of bacteria that lives in the intestines of animals. The threat of salmonella to humans is that it can contaminate foods when that food comes into contact with animal feces. Many raw meats and poultry and even some fruits and vegetables, as well as dairy products, can have salmonella. To kill the salmonella bacteria, it is important to cook and wash foods thoroughly.
When people eat food contaminated with salmonella, they can get the disease salmonellosis, which has certain symptoms that disappear within four to seven days. Symptoms usually arise within eight to 72 hours and include abdominal cramps, fever, vomiting, and, most often, diarrhea. Additionally, a few people are prone to developing Reiter’s syndrome. While most people who eat food contaminated with salmonella do not even know it and recover very quickly, for some people, salmonella can be fatal.
Preventing salmonellosis requires a few simple steps.
- One thing is to maintain cleanliness in all aspects of food preparation. For example, washing hands with warm water and soap before cooking is important. So is disinfecting countertops before and after cooking.
- Additionally, it is important not to cross-contaminate foods. For example, different cutting boards should be used for meats and vegetables, or if the same cutting board is to be used, it should be cleaned. Also, different types of foods should be in different parts of the fridge.
- Other ways to prevent salmonellosis are to wash foods thoroughly, cook foods to high enough temperatures, and to immediately refrigerate foods so that salmonella cannot develop.
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It is especially important for people who are preparing food for others, whether in a restaurant or in a factory, to ensure that the food is not contaminated with salmonella. If you have eaten food that gave you salmonellosis and that was prepared by someone else, then you may be able to secure damages. For more information, contact the Wausau personal injury lawyer of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 1-800-242-2874.