Salmonella leads to approximately one million illnesses in the United States annually, according to the CDC. While the average person recovers within four to seven days, approximately 2,500 are hospitalized each year in the UK, according to Food.gov.uk. In the U.S., 19,000 are hospitalized in and nearly 400 people die annually from the infection. Elderly, children under five and people with compromised immune systems are more likely to have a more severe infection.
Salmonella is a bacterium that causes salmonellosis, which is characterized by a number of symptoms, including diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps and vomiting. Most infections can be resolved with fluids and rest, but antibiotics may be necessary if the infection spread to the blood stream, according to FoodSafety.gov
Infections are typically the result of contaminated food, including eggs, poultry, meat, unpasteurized milk or juice, cheese, raw fruits and vegetables, spices and nuts.
While salmonella infections have decreased by 10 percent, according to the CDC, taking the proper precautions is still imperative. Washing hands, kitchen work surfaces and utensils with soap and water while preparing raw poultry and meat will eliminate any bacteria that the meat may carry. Be sure to keep up with all sanitation standards, and don’t fall victim to the dangers of cross-contamination.
To ensure that food is safe to consume, Comark recommends the Pocketherm food thermometer. Whether it’s frozen, chilled or cooked, the Pocketherm’s LEDs indicate temperatures within HACCP limits and all food regulations. By ensuring that the meat or poultry has reached the recommended temperature, you are drastically reducing the risk of food borne illness, like Salmonella.
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