E. Coli information for preppers

Escherichia Coli (E. Coli)
How to avoid E. Coli food poisoning

Lurking in the intestines of people and animals is a bacteria:
Escherichia coli (better known as E. Coli).

You may not want it in your body, but E. Coli lives in your gut
right now! No worries, though, because the E. Coli in your body
is there to help you digest food. The problem is when it gets
outside of your gut. That's when it causes sickness and disease.

E. Coli is diverse group of bacteria includes both harmless and
pathogenic strains.  The harmful and pathogenic E. Coli can
  • severe abdominal pain
  • bloody diarrhea - dysentary (infection of the intestines
    resulting in severe diarrhea with the presence of blood and
    mucus in the feces)
  • vomiting
  • kidney failure (the potentially fatal  kidney failure is called
    Heolytic-uremic Syndrome).
  • pneumonia
  • respiratory illness,
  • urinary tract infections (including a bladder infection)
  • and even death

The severity of the illness depends on the site of infection,
which type of E. Coli., and strength of the person's immune
system. Below are some examples of recent E. Coli outbreaks.

E. Coli in the news...
E. coli in the pathogenic strains can cause serious food
poisoning in humans, and are responsible for costly product

  • Chipotle E. Coli. When Chipotle served up E. Coli it was
    just another reason for preppers not to eat at the chain,
    (open carry gun banning was the first reason). Chipotle
    continues to deal with the E. coli outbreak that made 52
    people sick in nine states in October and November of

  • Costco rotisserie chicken salad.

  • Other links to E. Coli outbreaks have included:

Chipotle E. Coli problem:
With so much attention being place on the E. Coli at Chipotle
restaurants, you may be wondering how to resolve the problem
at home. For starters, you should learn from Chipotle! Here's
what they are doing to avoid E. coli again...

Chipotle will:
  1. Dip onions into boiling water to kill germs before they chop
  2. Macerate onions with lemon or lime to kill germs.
  3. Chop tomatoes in centralized locations.
  4. Blanch jalapenos, lemons and limes to kill germs
  5. Marinate chicken in plastic bags instead  of bowls.
  6. Add cilantro to freshly cooked rice, so  heat destroys
    otential microbes.

How to Avoid E. coli
Here is more about preventing E. Coli food poisoning...

#1: Always wash your hands.
Handle food safely starting by washing your hands. Simple and
effective, keeping your hands clean in the kitchen will minimize
spread of food borne illness.

#2: Know where E. Coli hides!
E. coli is hiding in food and water. You can also get the
infection by swallowing water in a swimming pool contaminated
with human waste.

Where does E. Coli hide?
The list is numerous, but has been found in the following
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Animals, particularly cows, sheep and goats
  • celery
  • Contaminated water (Get a Berkey pictured right)
  • Cookie dough
  • Cutting boards
  • Dry cured salami
  • Frozen pizza
  • Lettuce
  • Outdoor water sources  (lakes, ponds and streams)
  • Petting farms and zoos.
  • Raw fruits and vegetables
  • Raw milk
  • Spinach
  • Soft cheeses made from raw milk
  • Swimming pools, including kiddie pools with fecal matter
  • Undercooked ground beef, rarer roast beef
  • Water parks
  • Well water
  • Wooden pallets. This one is surprising, but a survey that
    found E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella grow on wooden

#3: Learn basic principles of food safety and
To help avoid food poisoning and prevent infection, handle food
safely.Take proper precaution in the kitchen. Cook meat well,
wash fruits and vegetables before eating or cooking them, and
avoid unpasteurized milk and juices.

#4: Learn the Proper ways to store your food.
Keep hot foods hot, cold foods cold.

To keep hot foods hot, remember to:
  1. Cook foods, properly and thoroughly.
  2. Get a candy or meat thermometer to help you confirm food
    is at the proper temperature.

To keep cold foods cold, generally, keep food out of the danger
zone -- don't leave food out too long from the refrigerator.
  1. Don't leave food out for more than 2 hours. If it's really
    hot outside (90 degrees Fahrenheit or more), don't go
    longer than one-hour unrefrigerated.
  2. Use a thermal bag. As you transport food from grocery
    store to your kitchen, keep foods in a thermal bag.
  3. Put sensitive foods in the front seat. Turn on the air
    conditioning in your car on hot days and keep food in
    transport in the front seat with you, instead of in the trunk.
  4. Do food shopping after the errands. Shop last, so that
    your other errands don't cause food to sit out unnecessarily.

Best practices for cooking, reheating and defrosting foods:
  • Don't leave food on the counter to defrost.
  • Travel with frozen foods in a thermal bag.

#5: Know that Bottled water can be tainted with E.
coli bacteria.
It's true that even bottled water could contain E. coli. Proof
positive that your
bottled water may be tainted with E. Coli
comes from Niagra Bottling, who issued a voluntary recall June
20, 2015. E. coli bacteria is of particular concern to people who
have a compromised immune system.

The following waters were recalled for the E. Coli scare:
  • 7-11
  • Acadia
  • Acme
  • Best Yet
  • Big Y
  • Nature's Place
  • Pricerite
  • Shaws
  • Shoprite
  • Superchill
  • Morning Fresh
  • Niagara
  • Wegman's
  • Western Beef Blue

If you think that's scary, see the other
bottled water warnings.

#6: Get a water filter.
Water is capable of tranferring E. coli, so you need a water filter
for emergencies, for your bugout bag and for your everyday
home use.

  • Aquamira Frontier Water Filter. Ultralight, the Aquamira
    Frontier filters up to 30 gallons of water. Light enough for  
    the bugout bag Aquamira Frontier traps over 99.9 Percent
    of harmful Cryptosporidium, Giardia and other pathogens,
    including waterborne insect larvae, as well as many
    bacteria including E. coli.

  • Big Berkey. The Big Berkey system, pictured right removes
    pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and
    extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides,
    VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It
    also reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such
    as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can
    remove food coloring from water without removing the
    beneficial minerals your body needs.

#7: Use a proper disinfectant.
Clean with appropriate disinfectants.

  • One-step disinfectant. Protex One Step disinfectant spray,
    pictured right is a powerful one-step disinfectant effective
    against a broad spectrum of pathogens, including MRSA,
    HIV, Staph and many others. Useful in disinfecting
    ultrasound transducers, probes, mammography compressor
    plates and other hard nonporous, non-surgical surfaces.
    Protex is an EPA approved, one-step spray that effectively
    kills a wide range of bacteria, viruses, and fungi including:
    MRSA (superbug), Coronavirus, VISA, HIV, E-coli, Herpes,
    VRE, Salmonella, Influenza, HBV, HCV, Norwalk Virus.

  • Vital Oxide, also pictured right, is proven effective against
    H1N1 Influenza Virus, MRSA (superbug), E-Coli, Norovirus,
    and Legionella pneumophilia.

Facts about E. coli prevention

  • Chlorine kills E. Coli! Yes, chlorine is a killer source of
    water disinfectant, which is one of the reasons why its in
    the municipal water supply. Too bad ordinary tap water has
    other bad things lurking in it like fluoride.

  • Copper is an antimicrobial that inhibits the growth of
    bacteria. In a study of copper against E Coli, the
    percentage of bacteria dying from exposure to copper for
    30 minutes was more than 90%.

  • Did you know aspartame is the feces of E. Coli? Knowing
    that will make you become a label reader. While you can't
    get E. coli from a product just because it has aspartame, it
    certainly makes you think twice about this horrid man-
    made substance.

  • The father of E. Coli is... E. Coli (Escherichia Coli) got its
    name from Theodor Escherich, a German baceriologits who
    identified the infectious agent in 1885.

Happy endings...
The good and happy news is that most strains of E. coli are
harmless and strangely are welcome in the intestinal tract!
These harmless strains of E. coli are part of the normal flora of
the gut, and can benefit their hosts by preventing pathogenic
bacteria from establishing in the intestine. For those who get
sick with an E. coli infection, most get better without treatment
in 5 to 10 days.

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  1. Aspartame, the artificial sweetener, is made from the
    waste products of genetically modified E. coli bacteria.

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