Food Safety is an important part of health. Not properly handling food such as poultry, beef and dairy can result in food poisoning. Many people get food poisoning and it’s basically the worst week of their lives, but then they recover just fine. While for others the long lasting effects of food poisoning affect their everyday life, cause serious damage to their organs and in worse case scenarios, result in death.
It’s not fun to think about, but with all the salmonella outbreaks happening, it is a good idea to raise consumer awareness.
Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause food poisoning illness. Symptoms are flu like and include fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.
Salmonella can be found in many products. In 2014 salmonella has been found in chia powder, live poultry, Tyson chicken, raw cashew cheese and more. The number of victims for these outbreaks range from 17 all the way to 126. But as far as alarming numbers go, the Foster Farms Chicken outbreak has been the highest.
In the past year there has been an outbreak of salmonella heidelberg that has been linked to Foster Farms chicken. Salmonella heidelberg is a strain of salmonella that can be resistant to many antibiotics. The CDC has reported 574 salmonella heidelberg cases in total with the majority (441) being in California.
What many people do not realize is the government allows a certain amount of salmonella contamination with the reasoning that it is safe as long as consumers properly handle and cook the chicken. At the same time salmonella can be found in products that you don’t actually cook, such as chia powder. That’s why it is important to use the following resources to avoid food poisoning.
Stay up to date by checking the latest outbreaks listed by the CDC
CDC recommendations for preventing Salmonela Heidelberg
Tips for Safe Food Handling