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What is Salmonella?

Salmonella is a bacterium that can be found in various foods. Some common foods that may contain Salmonella include poultry, meat and meat products, seafood, milk, eggs and egg products, sliced melons, tomatoes, raw bean sprouts and other fresh produce.

Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning may include abdominal cramps, headache, nausea, fever, diarrhea and vomiting. These symptoms may last for 1 or 2 days.

The best way to avoid Salmonella poisoning is to follow the basic food safety rules. Avoid cross contamination. Refrigerate food. Be sure meats are cooked to minimum internal temperatures. Do not eat raw eggs or foods that contain raw eggs.




Shannon Crosby, Dietetic Intern, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services






Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009



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