Salmonella Exposure Prevention
Salmonella is a bacteria found in intestinal tracts and animal feces. If someone is exposed to Salmonella, they can experience serious digestive problems. To prevent exposure to Salmonella:
- Thoroughly cook all animal products before consumption.
- Prepare steak and hamburgers well-done, never pink in the middle.
- Never consume meat that appears to be undercooked.
- Do not eat raw eggs. Avoid foods that may contain raw eggs, or inquire about their ingredients before consuming. Foods that may contain raw eggs include, including homemade salad dressings, homemade mayonnaise, homemade sauces, cookie dough, and dessert frosting.
- Do not consume raw or unpasteurized dairy products.
- Always wash produce thoroughly. Produce may contain Salmonella and other bacteria from fertilizer sources or food handler contamination.
- Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw meat separate from produce and cooked foods.
- Thoroughly wash all cutting boards, counters, and knives after using them on uncooked foods.
- Use a separate cutting board for meats and vegetables.
- Always wash your hands after using the restroom.
- Always wash your hands after handling animals, pets, or their environments. Reptiles and birds are highly likely to carry salmonella bacteria.
- Teach young children about proper hand-washing habits after using the restroom or handling animals.
- Do not eat at restaurants with questionable sanitation practices.
Even those who exercise caution and follow recommended safety procedures to reduce the risk of Salmonella exposure can still contract the bacteria. Many cases of Salmonella arise after eating in a restaurant with negligent food handling practices.
If you or a loved one becomes seriously ill from Salmonella exposure, you may be eligible to seek compensation from the responsible party to cover your medical expenses. Contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 to discuss your situation with a qualified attorney.