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Kitchen Wars: Fending Off Ecoli and Other Nasty Bacteria

You can easily control Ecoli and other bacteria in your kitchen by taking a few preventive measures.

Unfortunately the kitchen is a breeding ground for all kinds of nasty bacteria and germs.  However, the great news it that this doesn’t have to be a cause for alarm.  Kitchen bacteria can easily be killed and controlled, just by taking a few precautions.  

Right now, the biggest concern is Ecoli, but, there are other bacteria that can be just as harmful and deadly.  So, who are the culprits?  What bacteria is lurking in the kitchen, just waiting for an opportunity to invade your body? 

Salmonella – The most common of the bacteria strain in the kitchen.  It can be found in just about any food: cereal, meat, eggs and even water.  If foods contaminated with Salmonella are digested, they can cause diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and nausea.

Listeria – Is particularly dangerous to pregnant women.  Listeria can cause complications, such as spontaneous abortion, miscarriage, premature birth and stiilbirth.  

Ecoli (Escherichia coli) –  Is found to live in the intestines of people and animals.  It is generally spread by ingesting raw meat and poor food handling.  Ecoli can be quite very serious and fatal to children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, due to other illnesses.  It can lead to diarrhea, anemia, kidney failure and seizures.

To fend off these nasty bacterium in the kitchen area, practice normal hygiene, but, here are a few more precautions to take:  

1.  Wash your hands frequently, with soap and water, when handling raw meats.

2.  If you do reuse sponges, zap wet sponges in the microwave for one minute to kill 99% of the bacteria.

3.  Keep the refrigerator at 41 degrees or lower to prevent bacteria growth.

4.  Avoid cross-contamination in the refrigerator by storing raw meats in the lowest shelve.  Don’t allow juices to run onto other foods, especially fruits and vegetables.  Clean up spills thoroughly with soap and water.  

5.  Divide leftovers into single-serving portions, instead of heating up the whole pot and returning it to the refrigerator.

6.  Rinse fruits and vegetables thoroughly before consuming.  Adding salt to rinse water, when washing lettuce helps kill more microscopic critters.  I have found that even bagged lettuce needs to be washed and dried.

7.  Control ants, roaches and other pests that like to crawl over your food and dishes; leaving feces and contaminating your kitchen with all kinds of bacteria and germs. 

Taking these simple steps will go a long way in preventing the spread of Ecoli and other bacteria from your kitchen to your plate.  

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  1. Great advice especially since soon I’m doing an exam in food technology!

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