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Bacteria hiding in your Hot Dog?


Do you or your children eat processed meats like lunch meat or hot dogs?


Not so long ago, there was a recall of lunch meat ham due to a possible Listeria contamination.


Listeria is a harmful bacteria that can hide in many foods, like lunch meats and hot dogs.


Listeriosis can cause a variety of symptoms, depending on the person and the part of the body affected. It can cause fever and diarrhea..


Severe symptoms can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions in addition to fever and muscle aches.


Here are a few tips on how to prevent Listeriosis when eating hot dogs (and similar foods):


Wash the Dog Juice. Don’t let juice from hot dog and lunch meat packages get on other foods, utensils, and food preparation surfaces. Wash hands after handling hot dogs, lunch meats, and deli meats.


Keep the Dogs cool. Safely store products in the refrigerator. Store opened packages no longer than 1 week in the refrigerator and unopened packages no longer than 2 weeks in the refrigerator. The same for lunch & deli meats but then only 3-5 days for opened packages.


Don't eat the Dogs cool. Avoid eating hot dogs unless they are heated to an internal temperature of 165°F or until steaming hot just before serving.


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

For more information go to cdc.gov

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

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