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Are you poisoning your family?!?

Are you handling your food properly?

Poor food handling can lead to bacteria infection, which in turn can lead to you being sick - very sick!

Specifically, the Salmonella bacteria can invade your foods and cause serious gastrointestinal issues.

Salmonella infection usually begins within 6-48 hours of exposure and lasts 4-7 days, causing diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. Ugh!

Although most people can recover without antibiotics, those with severe diarrhea may need to be hospitalized.

Most of us know that we can contract salmonella by eating raw eggs or poultry.

But did you also know that salmonella can live on other surfaces like countertops, utensils, and even fresh produce?

To avoid "poisoning" my family, I wash my produce in a mixture of vinegar and water for extra safety. On top of that, I also bleach my cutting boards that I have cut raw chicken on.

For foodborne infections, be sure to cook your food thoroughly, refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours of cooking, clean preparatory surfaces with bleach, and keep raw meats separate from ready to eat foods in the refrigerator.

And... of course, on top of that be sure to wash your hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds, especially after handling raw poultry, eggs or meats.

Take care of your body, my friends! It’s the only one you get!

Amanda Cudney, BSN, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

For more information, search “salmonella” at cdc.gov

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