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How to Avoid E. Coli Bacteria

Symptoms of an E. coli infection can include stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and blood in your stool. Protect yourself and your loved ones.


  • Step 1: Wash hands Wash your hands for 20 seconds before preparing food, after handling raw foods, after you use the bathroom, and before you eat.
  • Step 2: Wash Wash and scrub your vegetables before eating.
  • Step 3: Use different cutting boards Use two different cutting boards: one for vegetables and one for meat.
  • Step 4: Keep refrigerated Keep your meat, poultry, and seafood refrigerated. Limit the time between buying your meat products and getting them home.
  • Step 5: Cook meat well Cook your meat until it reaches a temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • TIP: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the meat has cooked to the appropriate temperature.
  • Step 6: Keep foods at appropriate temperature Keep hot cooked foods above 140 degrees and cold foods below 40 degrees before being served.
  • Step 7: Refrigerate leftovers Refrigerate leftovers within two hours, or one hour on hot days. Keeping your food safe will help to keep your family healthy.
  • FACT: Consumption of any food or beverage that has been contaminated by animal manure can result in contracting E. coli.

You Will Need

  • Soap
  • 2 cutting boards
  • Refrigerator
  • Meat thermometer (optional)

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