Prevention of Salmonella food poisoning involves the proper handling and cooking of foods likely to carry the bacteria.
- The only effective way to prevent salmonella poisoning is with heat. For this reason it is essential to cook food thoroughly.
- Poultry must always be thoroughly cooked or boiled.
- Minced meat must always be thoroughly cooked or boiled.
- Never crack a raw egg on a bowl containing other foods - use a knife to crack the shell.
- In most eggs, the salmonella bacteria exist only on the shell. Eggs should be scalded in boiling water for five seconds before use.
- Careful handwashing is a must before, during, and after all food preparation involving eggs and poultry. Handwashing is also important after handling and playing with pets such as turtles, iguanas, chicks, dogs and cats.