Don't Spoil Your Holiday Cookout

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by wdlove, Jun 18, 2004.

  1. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    Protect Your Food From E. coli

    This Fourth of July, don't let E. coli food poisoning spoil your good time.

    E. coli is a bacteria with many strains, that is often linked to undercooked ground beef, but it has been found in fruits and vegetables and unpasteurized fruit juices.

    It has also been transmitted through contaminated drinking water, swimming pools and shallow lakes.

    Health experts advise that ground beef must be cooked at a minimum of 160 degrees in order to kill E. coli. Chicken must be cooked at 170 degrees, and juices should run clear, to prevent E. coli.

    Don't be fooled by hot dog labels that say "fully cooked." Experts say that even fully cooked hot dogs can contain a pathogen called listeria. Hotdogs should be reheated until they are steamy and hot throughout.

    Symptoms of E. coli infections include: severe abdominal cramps, followed by watery diarrhea that often becomes bloody. Victims may also suffer vomiting and nausea, accompanied by low-grade fever. In some persons, particularly children and the elderly, the infection can lead to severe complications, including kidney failure.
  2. question fear macrumors 68020

    question fear

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
    i just finished my food safety manager certification a few months ago;
    ground meat is 155, stuffed meat should be really cook 'em. the instructor recommended 165 for ground meat as a precaution.
    and store your drippy poultry on the bottom shelf of the fridge.

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