Escherichia Coli 0157:H7

What is E. coli O157:H7?

E. coli is a bacteria commonly found in cattle feces. According to Centers for Disease Control estimates, up to 20,400 cases of E. coli infection and 500 deaths from E. coli disease occur annually in the United States. Nearly three-quarters of all cases are directly linked to ground beef.

What can you do to keep your family safe - - or at least, safer - - from the possibility of E. coli contamination? First of all, don't eat undercooked hamburger. When preparing hamburger at home, cook ground beef until the interior is no longer pink and the juices run clear. Separate dishes and utensils that have come into contact with uncooked ground beef, so they don't contaminate other foods. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw meats.

If someone in your family develops symptoms of E. coli infection, see your physician for treatment immediately. Rapid medical intervention can save lives; it can also help prevent additional infections.

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  • Article History
    • Revision Date: 6/22/2010

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Marinating mandate

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Sauce that is used to marinate raw meat, poultry, or seafood should not be used on cooked foods, unless it is boiled before applying. The raw meat, poultry, or seafood may have illness-causing bacteria present on the surface, which could contaminate the marinade. Bringing the marinade to a rolling boil will kill any pathogens that may be present.

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