National Food Safety Education Month: Top 3 Germs That Cause Food Poisoning
Educate Yourself About Food Safety This September
Nothing’s worse than having your stomach in knots as you feel another wave of nausea coming out, sending you to the bathroom for the nth time in an hour. Unfortunately, foodborne outbreaks cause many people to get sick.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 48 million Americans suffer from foodborne illnesses each year. Moreover, each year these illnesses lead to an estimated 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Although the food supply in the United States is among the safest in the world, millions of Americans still end up eating contaminated food.
Since September is National Food Safety and Education Month, Kids Car Donations encourages you to educate yourself and others about food safety to prevent food poisoning. Here are the top three germs that cause food poisoning and how you can avoid them:
Salmonella refers to the name of a group of bacteria that causes salmonellosis. Although salmonella is usually associated with animal products such as eggs, chicken, and dairy, it may also be present in raw vegetables and water. It’s the leading bacterial cause of diarrhea as well as foodborne-related hospitalizations and deaths. Since these bacteria can thrive in the human and animal intestinal tract, they can easily spread in the absence of appropriate cooking methods and proper hygiene.
A person contracts salmonellosis after consuming undercooked eggs, meat, and poultry, as well as raw dairy products, fruits, and vegetables. However, salmonellosis can also be transmitted through contact with infected animals and food handlers who don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom.
You can steer clear of salmonellosis by cooking foods to their appropriate internal temperatures and washing raw fruit and vegetables before you peel, cut, or eat them. It’s also best to stay away from unpasteurized dairy products, wash hands after handling raw meat or poultry, and keep kitchen surfaces clean to prevent cross-contamination.
- Escherichia Coli
Since E. Coli are a large group of bacteria, some of its strains are harmless while others can make a person sick. E. Coli O157:H7 (STEC) or Shiga toxin-producing E. Coli is a type of strain that’s commonly associated with food poisoning outbreaks. Moreover, you can get infected after drinking unpasteurized drinks or dairy products or eating raw or undercooked ground beef.
To steer clear of E. Coli, you’ll have to wash your hands, cook meat to its recommended internal temperatures, and avoid juices, ciders, or unpasteurized dairy products. You’ll also need to ensure the prevention of cross-contamination by keeping cooking surfaces clean. Lastly, you should also avoid swallowing water when swimming in pools, ponds, lakes, or streams.
Although Campylobacter isn’t as well-known as Salmonella or E. Coli, it’s bad in its own right. It’s the most common bacterial cause of diarrhea. Campylobacteriosis or the infection caused by Campylobacter bacteria often results from the consumption of contaminated poultry or poultry products. Moreover, cross-contamination of other foods by contaminated items can also cause this infection and subsequent illnesses.
The best ways to avoid campylobacteriosis include cooking foods thoroughly, using separate cutting boards when handling raw and cooked foods, and washing raw fruits and veggies before peeling, cutting, and eating. You should also avoid drinking untreated water or unpasteurized milk and ensure frequent handwashing.
Give Hope to Youngsters in Serious Health Conditions
Food poisoning can be particularly dangerous to young children since their immune systems are still developing, which means their bodies’ ability to fight germs and sickness isn’t strong yet. Food poisoning can lead to diarrhea and dehydration, some cases of which could be life-threatening.
Unfortunately, food poisoning is just one of many serious illnesses that afflict children. If you have a soft spot for the ailing kids in your community, particularly those from low-income families, you can extend them a helping hand by simply donating an unwanted vehicle to us at Kids Car Donations.
We’ll use your donation to help restore or improve the health of children and teens grappling with serious illnesses and disabilities and save the lives of those who are critically and chronically ill.
We’ll have your vehicle auctioned off with the proceeds handed over to the IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are in close partnership with us. These nonprofits use the funding we give them to provide indigent young patients with free comprehensive and quality medical assistance, including emotional support and relief of pain and trauma. They also provide their beneficiaries with access to free social services and educational resources.
Best of all, you’ll experience the priceless joy and satisfaction of knowing that your gift will be used to help save the lives of ailing boys and girls in your area and give them a strong start in life.
We’re willing to accept almost all types of vehicles such as cars, trucks, vans, RVs, watercraft, and specialty vehicles whatever their ages or conditions.
To get to know our quick and easy vehicle donation process, head over to our FAQs page. If you have questions or concerns, you can call us anytime through our toll-free hotline at 866-634-8395 or write to us here.
Help Save Young Lives Today!
Your unwanted vehicle can make a lasting impact on the lives of disease-stricken boys and girls in your community. It could help save their lives. So, go ahead and donate it to Kids Car Donations by calling 866-634-8395 or filling out our secure online donation form now!