By, Bodey Behrends
What is E. Coli????
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
- 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