Preventing the Spread of E. Coli

3 Preventing the Spread of E. Coli

E. coli is a bacterium that is found in the intestines of humans as well as certain animals, like cows. While most forms of the bacteria are non-harmful, certain strains can cause a serious bacterial infection when consumed. Non-harmful E. coli works to help the body break down food and remove nutrients the body needs. The bacterium becomes harmful when it passes out of the body. It can be found in the feces of humans and cows.

When cow manure is used as organic fertilizers from infected cows it can be spread and transmitted. If the manure is used to fertilize the grass cows eat, it can cause E. coli to be spread to all of the cattle. If the manure is used to fertilize fruits and vegetables it can be spread to these food items in their raw form. There have been several documented cases of spinach, onions and lettuce being infected with E. coli as a result.

wash your hands

Humans can spread E. coli through unsanitary conditions. It is important to wash your hands with warm water and anti-bacterial soap before eating and whenever you use the bathroom. You should also put the lid down on the toilet before flushing it. Bacteria in the toilet can travel several hundred feet if the lid is left up and the toilet is flushed.

Fruits And Vegetables

When preparing foods you should always wash raw vegetables and fruit thoroughly before consuming. When storing meats in the refrigerator it is important to keep raw meats away from cooked meats. If there is E. coli on the raw meat and it is stored open in the refrigerator it can contaminate the already cooked meat. When using a cutting board or counter top you should make sure to sanitize the area before preparing foods and whenever you switch from one food to another. If you use the same surface without re-sanitizing it, you could potentially spread E. coli from raw meat to raw vegetables. Cooking meats to their recommended internal temperatures and making sure beef is no longer pink in the middle will kill the bacteria, making it safe for consumption.

Cooking meats

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