Summer Food Safety: Preventing 1,000 Cases of Salmonella a Year

.FROM MSDH: Last year more than 1,000 Mississippians suffered from Salmonella infection after eating contaminated food. Salmonella bacteria thrive in warm temperatures, especially when summer weather brings more people and their food outdoors. As a result, Salmonella infections rise sharply in the summer through Labor Day, sickening more than 100 Mississippians a month, sometimes seriously. As you make cooking and outdoor plans this summer, make sure your guests remember your food for the right reasons.

Preventing Salmonella

  • Use a food thermometer to make sure that meats are thoroughly cooked: 165 degrees for beef and chicken.
  • Keep hands, utensils and cooking surfaces clean, and don’t use the same plate for raw and cooked food.
  • Keep stored foods cold as long as possible. Pack your ice chest with the foods used first on top.
  • If unrefrigerated food is left out for more than two hours, don’t take a chance. Don’t reheat and eat – discard it.

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