Each year, one in six Americans get foodborne illness and some of these cases will be from E.coli. According to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC), “Escherichia coli (abbreviated as E. coli) are bacteria found in the environment, foods, and intestines of people and animals.” One strain Escherichia coli O157:H7, can cause severe diarrhea and kidney malfunction to a person.
How can I prevent an E.coli infection?
- Wash hands properly with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food.
- Wash fruits and vegetables before preparation in order to remove bacteria, dirt and residual pesticides.
- Clean and sanitize cutting boards, utensils and surface areas. Apply a solution of 3/4 teaspoon of chlorine bleach per quart for a few minutes to fully sanitize items.
- Do not eat pink or undercooked meat. Know the right cooking temperatures for different types of meat.
- Don’t drink unpasteurized beverages like raw milk straight from the cow
- In a food service establishment, let employees take food handler training to know and prevent foodborne illness such as E.coli.