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Friday, January 9, 2009

Salmonella Outbreak Hits 42 States: 400+ Cases Reported

According to the US Centers for Disease Control, more than 400 people have been infected in connection with an outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium that has spread to at least 42 states.

This particular strain is relatively common, and officials have yet to determine what type of food product may be the root of the problem. As always, in the case of advising consumers how to protect themselves in connection with exposure to salmonella,

"Consumers should thoroughly cook meats, poultry and eggs. They should also avoid consuming raw or unpasteurized milk and other dairy products. Produce should be thoroughly washed as well.

Avoid cross-contamination of uncooked meats and produce to prevent spreading any potential salmonella. Frequent washing of hands during food preparation can also help reduce cross-contamination......For situations where hand washing is not readily convenient, most alcohol-free hand sanitizers have proven to be effective against this particular strain of salmonella. Products include Soapopular, Hy5, Handclenz, and handstogo...

We recommend the former two (Soapopular and Hy5; both are fragrance free and dye free...and in a price comparison, Soapopular is the fairest price of any of the products we've canvassed. Hy5 is packaged in vacuum-sealed cartridges that insert into wall mounted dispensing devices, making it an ideal device for food preparation facilities that are concerned about salmonella.

Both products are foam format, fragrance free and dye free.

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