Maybe you have seen the recent news stories about the E. coli outbreak happening in Europe. This particular strain of E. coli is especially serious, because it is resistant to antibiotics and other medical treatments. So far 17 people have died, and more than 1,500 have gotten sick from the still unknown source of contamination.
While only two cases have surfaced in the U.S. and experts believe a widespread outbreak wouldn't happen here, I thought it was a good time to remind everyone about food safety. It's the time of the year when people have picnics and enjoy the heat, but that means it's also the time to make sure you handle, cook, and store your food correctly.
Here are some easy tips you can follow to help prevent food poisoning and keep your family healthy:
Remember, if you aren't sure whether a food item has been contaminated or stored correctly, it's always better to err on the side of caution. If you get sick after eating something and suspect food poisoning, try to preserve as much evidence as possible. And seek medical attention immediately.
You can find more information on food safety and food poisoning on my website, including information on storing frozen and refrigerated foods and what to do if you think you got sick from tainted food.
Source: “E. Coli Outbreak Baffles Experts, Reches U.S.” ABCNews.com. June 2, 2011.