NOT WANTED

By: Caroline Ferree and Stephanie Wendt

AVOID STAPH

Staph is an infection common in the general population and more common and more severe with people with weak immune systems. It usually begins with a small area of tenderness, swelling, and redness. Sometimes is begins with an open sore. Other times, there is no break in the skin at all. It is a gram-positive bacteria. The genus includes at least 40 species. They (can) cause illness directory by infection or indirectly through products they make, such as toxins responsible for food poisoning and toxic shock syndrome.

FOOD BORNE???

Staph CAN be a food borne illness. It is found in foods such as salads (egg,tuna,chicken,potato, macaroni), bakery products (cream-filled pastries, cream pies, eclairs), and Ham.

WAYS TO PREVENT IT

There are ways to prevent it. Always use proper hand washing techniques when handling food. If you are not handling your own food, make sure the cook does as well. Use proper sanitation of food contract surfaces and utensils. Consider refrigerating and holding foods at 41 degrees F within 4 hours.