E. Coli Prevention

E. Coli prevention is much the same as with other foodborne illnesses.  There are measures you can take to lessen the chances that you will become infected.  Of course, you have no control over those who work in the public such as restaurants, day cares and food manufacturers.  Nevertheless, you should take precautions of your own to make certain that cross-contamination or spreading of infection from others does not occur in your household.  Here are a few tips for E. Coli food poisoning prevention:

*  Drink only juice, milk and cider that has been pasteurized.

*  Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly.  While this may not completely get rid of all E. Coli, it will remove excess dirt which helps to lessen the amount of bacteria that may be on the produce.  This is especially true in lettuce, cabbage and other leafy greens.

*  Do not eat hamburger meat that is not thoroughly cooked.  A pink hamburger can be dangerous.  The internal temperature of a hamburger should be at least 160 F.

E. Coli prevention of cross-contamination can be accomplished by:

*  Washing all utensils and counter tops while you are cooking.  Wash knives, cutting boards, plates and any other dishes with hot soapy water before and after coming in contact with raw meat or fresh produce.  Wipe down counters often with a soapy, clean cloth.

*  Keep raw foods away from each other.  Use separate cutting boards when preparing meat or fresh vegetables.  Do not use the cutting board you used for preparing meats to cut fresh vegetables on.  Never place cooked meats back on the same plate where you had raw meat without thoroughly washing first.

*  Wash your hands!  While this is probably the most stressed prevention method, all too often people fail to do it.  Wash your hands thoroughly and often, especially when preparing foods, after visiting the toilet or handling pets.

E. Coli prevention is very important, especially for those who are at an increased risk of serious complications.  While most people will only become mildly ill, some may develop HUS which can be (and often is) life threatening.  Foodborne illnesses usually have common symptoms and only last a few days.  If you have become ill after eating foods prepared in a restaurant or other public place, or foods that you bought at the supermarket, see your doctor at once.  Additionally, you may want to consider contacting a New York food poisoning attorney to determine if you are eligible for compensation for lost wages and medical expenses.

Practice E. Coli prevention measures, and see your doctor if you believe you may have become infected.  Contact your attorney if you decide that those responsible for your infection with E. Coli should be held accountable for the expenses you have incurred.