Beware the Chipotle- E. Coli Breakout
Ready for just a nice lunch out with some friends or just to sink your teeth into the large, meaty goodness of a burrito from Chipotle. However, with the E. coli contamination in beef across the United States, maybe settling for a chicken salad may be the better option (and a healthier one).
Families should be more cautious in food purchases as over 167,000 lbs. of beef has been recalled due to an E. coli risk. E. coli is a serious bacterial infection that causes severe food poisoning in people. Symptoms of E. coli are diarrhea, blood in stool, and dehydration. Kids and older adults with the infection are at higher risk for kidney failure if the poisoning is extremely severe. This bacteria spreads from improper handling of food and just simply not washing your hands. There are multiple of way to prevent this infection. They include:
- Do not defrost meat on the counter (instead defrost in the microwave)
- Wash produce thoroughly
- Keep raw meats away from other food and clean items
- Avoid raw milk by drinking pasteurized milk products
And the most important and easiest way to avoid the infection or spreading it- Wash your hands. So, the next time you go out for a bite to eat, maybe opt for a vegetarian dish or skip that rare steak for a well done entree. At home, a meat thermometer will be a chef’s new best friend. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, meat cooked to these temperatures will ensure all bacteria is eliminated from the meat. All degrees are in Fahrenheit.
- Poultry: 165 degrees
- Ground Meat, Eggs: 160 degrees
- Steaks, Pork Chops, Roasts, Fish, Shellfish: 145 degrees
The little things do count in the long run for decreasing your risk of infection.