Sometimes, when buying egg, salmonella comes free in package.
Salmonella enteritidis. A bacteria that can be found in eggs, meat and undercooked foods. It can cause salmonella poisoning or salmonellosis to the people that have ingested it. The symptoms consist of a fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea starting at about 12-72 hours after eating the contaminated food. The symptoms can last up to 4-7 days depending on the person and the severity. Most people are able to recover from salmonella poisoning with certain antibiotic treatments, but some can be hospitalized if symptoms worsen.
The bacteria enters the egg through hens’ ovaries and infects the eggs even before the shells are formed. Eggs with Salmonella look and taste entirely normal, and it is very difficult to tell which eggs are infected. It is also difficult to know how many eggs are infected.
Ways to prevent infection:
1) Keep eggs refrigerated.
2) Discard cracked or dirty eggs.
3) Care must be taken to avoid the egg shell becoming contaminated with fecal matter
4) Wash hands after handling eggs. Salmonella enteriditis can live inside and outside the egg.
5) Keep eggs separated from other foods in the fridge, clean any working surfaces, containers and utensils that come in contact with or their packaging. Salmonella can pass to and contaminate surfaces that eggs come into contact with.
6) Cook eggs and egg dishes thoroughly to kill salmonella. As long as the egg is not eaten raw, the chances of a person contracting salmonella is very small.
7) Buy from trusted sources.
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