E. Coli

By, Bodey Behrends

What is E. Coli????

  1. Its a bacterium commonly found in the intestines of humans and other animals, where it usually causes no harm. Some strains can cause severe food poisoning, especially in old people and children.



  • Diarrhea, which may range from mild and watery to severe and bloody
  • Abdominal cramping, pain or tenderness
  • Nausea and vomiting, in some people
  • Mild fever

Where is E. Coli Found???

  • Under cooked ground beef
  • Unpasteurized (raw) milk and juice
  • Soft cheeses made from raw milk

How can E. Coli be treated???


  • Every year, about 48 million of us, roughly one in six people in the United States, get sick from eating contaminated food.
  • E. coli O157 in beef (46 hospitalizations) in 2009-2010
  • E. coli O157 in beef (3 deaths) in 2009-2010


  • always washing your hands before handling, serving, or eating food and after touching animals or working in animal environments
  • washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly
  • avoiding cross-contamination by using clean utensils, pans, and serving platters
  • keeping raw meats away from other foods and away from other clean items
  • using a meat thermometer and cooking meat and poultry to proper temperatures