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Salmonella explained: how to avoid it

Salmonella explained: how to avoid it

Wash your hands thoroughly

Hand hygiene is of vital importance. Not only does it keep colds and flu away, but it can also protect you against the spread of salmonella. Wash hands every time you use the bathroom and encourage your family to do the same. If an infected person doesn’t wash their hands, they may end up contaminating foodstuffs and surfaces they touch thereafter. Also, wash hands before and after you prepare food, especially after handling raw meat. Take a look at the correct way to wash your hands.

 

Separate foodstufs

Salmonella is spread through foods like contaminated eggs, poultry and other meat. Thus, it’s important that you keep these foods separated. And, do not use the same knife you’ve used on raw food to cut cooked food. Or, at minimum, wash the utensils before use. Also, do not place cooked food in a bowl or plate that has contained raw food before it has been thoroughly washed with dishwashing liquid and thoroughly rinsed. 

 

Separate chopping boards

Try and keep more than one chopping board in the kitchen. The truth is, you never know if soap and water removes all bacteria - no matter how hard you scrub. Rather earmark a chopping board to be used solely for raw meat and another on which to chop fruit and vegetables.

 

Check the internal temperature

The best way to ensure your meats are cooked through is by checking the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Meats like beef and pork should be cooked until they reach an internal temperature of 71°C. Poultry should be cooked until it reaches 73°C. 

 

Clean thoroughly

The best way to prevent the spread of nasty germs is to thoroughly clean and disinfect your home. Use a few drops of Domestos Thick Bleach in 1 litre of water, dip a microfibre cloth in this solution and use the cloth to wipe kitchen surfaces and furniture. You can also use this solution to mop the floors and clean the toilet.

 

We all say no to the spread of germs. And more importantly, say no to the spread of salmonella. Here’s to a happy, healthy home!