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  • E. Coli Poisoning: Reduce Your Risk

  • Take responsibility for keeping your meat free from harmful bacteria. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from contaminated meat:

    • Cook all beef, particularly ground beef and hamburgers, well-done. Use a meat thermometer to make sure that the temperature in the center of the meat reaches 106 F. If you are unsure of the meat's temperature, avoid eating meat that is pink in the center.
    • When dining out, don't be afraid to send back meat  that is undercooked. When sending it back, request a new plate, side dish and/or bun if any of these has come in contact with beef juices.
    • Practice proper hand washing techniques. This includes washing your hands before preparing meat and before moving on to prepare other parts of a meal. Encourage family members to wash their hands after using the bathroom and set an example by doing the same. 
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    • Wash all utensils, counters and sinks immediately after they come in contact with undercooked meat. Do not use plates, knifes or utensils to prepare other foods if they have come in contact with undercooked meat.
    • Do not bathe small children together or in the same bathwater if one of the children has diarrhea. When swimming, try to avoid swallowing water.
    • Wash fruits and vegetables well and avoid unpasteurized milk and juices.

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