How To Prevent Salmonella This Summer

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, salmonella causes 380 deaths and about 19,000 hospitalizations a year. That’s the bad news. The good news is that salmonella is mostly preventable as long as you follow these tips in your kitchen or when eating out this summer.

Cook All Meats Thoroughly

Cooking meat rare is too dangerous because the meat may still harbor the bacteria that cause salmonella symptoms. Whether eating at a barbecue, at home or at a new restaurant, only eat meat that has been completely cooked and is no longer pink or red. This also gets rid of any parasites that may be in the meat.

Avoid Eggs

The most common food item responsible for salmonella outbreaks is thought to be eggs or items made with eggs like mayonnaise. This is because eggs spoil rapidly in heat. All eggs need to be refrigerated or kept cool or they will spoil and yet still taste the same. Switch to egg substitutes like vegan mayonnaise. Many of these products are in large chain stores like Target and Walmart. To locate a store near you or to order products online find out more here.

Keep Beverages In A Separate Cooler

When going out for a picnic or barbecue, pack beverages in a different cooler than the food. The more a cooler is opened, the warmer it soon gets. When it gets warm enough, the food will spoil. Since people tend to drink more beverages in summertime than eat food, that is the cooler that will be opened and closed the most often. Ice and cold packs help to keep the inside of a cooler cool.

Wash Hands More Often

Your hands make a convenient taxi for salmonella from spoiled food to your mouth. Always wash your hands after touching raw meat or after going to the bathroom. If possible, wash hands before you eat. Wrap a napkin or paper towel around sandwiches to prevent your fingers from touching the food. Keep hand wipes or sanitizer in the car for clean up before a meal from the drive-through or when traveling and trying a new restaurant.