E.coli also known as (STEC)
E. coli are bacteria that normally live in the intestines of humans and animals. Many strains of E. coli bacteria exist, and most of them are harmless or beneficial. However, strains that produce Shiga toxin can cause serious illness in people.
Commonly linked foods: Infection with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) can occur through consumption of: under cooked ground beef and other beef products; unpasteurized milk, cheese, and juice; contaminated raw fruits, vegetables, and herbs; water contaminated with animal feces, or by direct contact with farm animals or their environment.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after going to the bathroom or changing diapers
- Wash your hands thoroughly after handling animals, animal bedding, or any material contaminated with animal fecal matter
- Eat only thoroughly cooked ground beef, pork, sheep meat, or sausage.
- Cook ground meat products to an internal temperature of 160ºF
- Avoid drinking unpasteurized milk and juices
- Wash fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating raw
- Prevent cross contamination in food preparation areas by washing hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils after they touch raw meat.
- Keep raw meat separate from ready-to-eat foods