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Salmonella – FAQs

Due to recent salmonella outbreak that sickened 453 people and claimed 6 lives, U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) on Staurday warned consumers not to eat any related peanut butter products. Cereal giant, Kellogg has had recalled its 16 products conataining peanut butter as of late friday.

What is Salmonella?
Salmonella is bacilli that causes diarrheal illness humans. They spread through feces from humans or animals to other humans or animals.

If present in food, it does not usually affect the taste, smell, or appearance of the food. The bacteria live in the intestinal tracts of infected animals and humans.

What is salmonellosis?
Salmonellosis is an infection caused by the bacteria Salmonella. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), salmonellosis causes an estimated 1.4 million cases of foodborne illness and more than 500 deaths annually in the United States.

What are the symptoms of salmonellosis?
Most people experience diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 8 to 72 hours after the contaminated food was eaten.

Salmonella infections can be life-threatening especially for infants and young children, pregnant women and their unborn babies, and older adults, who are at a higher risk for foodborne illness.

What are the bad effects?
Persons with diarrhea usually recover completely after several months.  However, a small number of persons who are infected with Salmonella may develop pains in their joints, irritation of the eyes, and painful urination.

How do people get salmonellosis?
Salmonella is usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces.

What foods causes such illness?
Any raw food of animal origin, such as meat, poultry, milk and dairy products, eggs, seafood, and some fruits and vegetables may carry Salmonella bacteria.

How can we prevent salmonellosis?
The key to preventing illness at home, in a restaurant, at a church picnic, or anywhere else is to prevent the bacteria from growing to high levels and to destroy the bacteria through cooking to a safe minimum internal temperature.

The following steps to be observed:

  • CLEAN: Wash Hands and Surfaces Often
  • SEPARATE: Don’t Cross-contaminate
  • COOK: Cook to Safe Temperatures
  • CHILL: Refrigerate Promptly

For more information:

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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