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Friday, June 3, 2011

Preventing E Coli.

E Coli infection can be a foodborne illness and any food that you eat has the potential to be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Taking precautions in food preparation and when eating out can reduce your risk. These include:

-Wash your hands thoroughly before food preparation and eating and after going to the bathroom and after handling food.
-E. coli bacteria can survive for several weeks on surfaces, so keep countertops clean.
-Wash all fruits and vegetables (including "pre-washed" salads) before eating them.
-Avoid allowing raw meats to come into contact with other foods while cooking
-Make sure meats (such as hamburger patties) reach an internal temperature of at least 160°F when cooking.
-Drink water that has been treated (chlorine, reverse osmosis, or filtered).
-Check with your health department to find out which restaurants have had recent problems with sanitation.