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Understanding Salmonella

food safety: understanding salmonella


Salmonella, a prevalent bacteria causing food poisoning, poses a considerable risk to public health worldwide. As reported by The New York Times, this bacteria affects an estimated 1.35 million people in the United States each year. Here in Singapore, several severe cases have been reported, including an outbreak in June 2023, as reported by Food Safety News, highlighted the severity of Salmonella contamination, with 89 individuals falling ill due to a caterer’s involvement


How is Salmonella Contracted?

Transmission of this bacteria to humans primarily occurs through the consumption of contaminated food and water. Sources include undercooked eggs, raw poultry, unpasteurized milk, and raw fruits and vegetables. Cross-contamination is also a significant concern, where surfaces or utensils come into contact with the bacteria.


Symptoms of Salmonella Infection:

Salmonella infection symptoms typically appear within 6 to 72 hours and include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, and headaches. Severe cases may lead to complications requiring hospitalization.


Preventing Salmonella Infections:

For food & beverage establishments, adopting good hygiene practices and safe food handling is extremely crucial to prevent infections. Key preventive measures include thorough cooking, hand hygiene, avoiding cross-contamination, choosing pasteurized products, and being cautious with raw foods. When preparing raw meats, ensure that you use separate cutting boards and utensils.


Using A Food Contact Surface Sanitiser:

Incorporating a Food Contact Surface Sanitiser into the daily routine adds an extra layer of protection against Salmonella. This specialized sanitiser effectively eliminates bacteria on food contact surfaces such as cutting boards, counter tops, utensils etc., reducing the risk of cross-contamination.


Salmonella infections pose a significant health risk, but with informed practices and hygiene measures, the likelihood of contamination can be minimized.


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