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Food recalls are becoming more common

GLENN ELLIS | 8/6/2018, 2:48 p.m.
Why are we seeing so many food recalls? It seems like every time you look online, some government agency is ...
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E-coli is the name of the bacteria that lives in the intestines without (Most of the times) causing any problems. However, several strains of E-coli can cause food poisoning and result in serious issues where bleeding and hemorrhaging occurs. You can get E-coli by eating foods that have been improperly processed or harvested that may have come into contact with animal or human feces. The most common symptom of E-coli is recognized by symptoms, which involve a bloody stool, which should be taken to immediate hospital care.

Salmonella and E-coli outbreaks are both rooted by the contamination of feces, but are different bacteria that pose different risks.

The best way to avoid any infection from E-coli and Salmonella is to maintain hygiene. Always thoroughly wash your vegetables and fruits as they may have come into contact with dirt, which may have been contaminated by feces. In fact, E-coli and Salmonella can be passed by a simple shake of a hand from someone who has not washed their hands after relieving their bowel. Thus, always wash your hands before eating.

Secondly, it is always important to cook your meat thoroughly, especially chicken. Those who crave their meat nice and rare, pose a risk to catching one of these infections. Lastly, it is important to maintain clean drinking water in your household so that your family does not consume E-coli or Salmonella from your water source.

Now that you have educated yourself on the differences, it is most important to keep yourself healthy and free from these bacteria.

Remember, I’m not a doctor. I just sound like one.

Take good care of yourself and live the best life possible!

Disclaimer: The information included in this column is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her health care provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Glenn Ellis is a Health Advocacy Communications Specialist and is available through http://www.glenn ellis.com.