Salmonella Safety Tips from Via Christi Health


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Handle food carefully to avoid salmonella

Where can you get salmonella bacteria?

  • Undercooked poultry and eggs are the most common source
  • Other foods - ground meat, fruits, vegetables and even processed foods - can carry them

What are the symptoms of salmonella poisoning?

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Stomach cramps

Symptoms can begin 12 to 72 hours after eating a contaminated item, and will last four to seven days, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Most people recover without treatment, but some people with weakened immune systems - small children, the elderly and people with HIV/AIDS - can suffer more severe illness, even death. If you suspect you may have been infected with salmonella bacteria, consult your health care provider.

Warmer weather gives bacteria more opportunity to contaminate food.

You can protect yourself and others with these simple practices.

  • Wash your hands, counter tops, cutting boards and utensils with soap and water immediately after they come into contact with raw meat or poultry.
  • Always cook poultry and eggs thoroughly.
  • Always keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot.
  • When you're finished eating, refrigerate leftovers promptly.
  • Don't let any food, particularly raw and cooked meat and poultry, sit out for more than 2 hours - 1 hour on a hot day (90°F or higher).
  • Be sure to put perishable items in a cooler or insulated bag.


Lana Hattar, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterologist
848 N St Francis Ste 3949


Jared Johnson, MD
Family Medicine
13610 W. Maple


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