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Salmonella (food poisoning)

What prepper needs to know about Salmonella

Salmonella (Salmonella typhimurium)
How to prevent salmonella food poisoning

Preventing Salmonella.
More than 1.2 million people get sick from salmonella food
poisoning in the United States annually.

Here are some examples of salmonella in the news...


There are many ways Salmonella causes a concern:

  • Salmonella enterica — is a bacterium that causes a form of
    food poisoning known as salmonellosis.

  • Salmonella (Salmonella typhimurium) is a strain bacteria
    most often associated with food poisoning. Through
    ingestion of contaminated food, an infection of
    salmonellosis spreads causing illness and potentially also
    death, (as many as 450 people die in the U.S. each year).
    The illness is much more violent than flu, and happens more
    rapidly.

  • Water contamination. The most common causes of water-
    borne diarrhea are bacteria, such as E. coli, cholera and
    salmonella, which are reduced or eliminated by Potable
    Aqua water purification products.

  • Sloppy Sanitation. Food can become contaminated through
    the hands of an infected food handler who did not wash
    hands properly with soap after using the bathroom.

What preppers need to know about Salmonella:

  • Symptoms typically start from around three hours to
    three days after exposure (3-72 hours). The illness
    begins its course within a few hours after eating
    contaminated foods or coming into contact with animals who
    have the bacteria living on their body; though in some
    instances it will strike in up to three days, and illness can
    last up to seven days. The symptoms of salmonella don't
    appear until after the bacteria proliferates inside your body,
    so it's a while before they cause damage or symptoms, so
    you don't get sick immediately. Also some people are more
    vulnerable to infections than others.

  • Symptoms include:
  • abdominal cramps
  • diarrhea, which may contain blood, or may lead to
    dehydration
  • fever, accompanied by chills, headache and muscle pain
  • nausea and vomiting

  • Salmonella is problematic because... hospitalization and
    antibiotics may be necessary, and there are complications,
    such as delayed recovery of normal intestinal function.
    Worse yet, the infection may spread to other organs in the
    body.

  • Most vulnerable include:
  • young children, babies under the age of one
  • elderly
  • people with immune disorders or deficiences
  • people with digestive diseases or chronic illnesses

  • Where will you find salmonella?
  • Beef, pork, poultry and eggs
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Processed foods, such as peanut butter
  • Kitchen cross cutting boards and equipment not
    properly sanitized
  • Body surface of chickens and reptiles.
  • Pets, infants and the elderly are also common carriers

How to prevent salmonella
Here's how to NOT get Salmonella food poisoning:
  1. Cook foods thoroughly. Steaks, roast and fish at 145
    degrees, while pork, ground beef and eggs should be at 160
    degrees, chicken breasts 170 degrees, and a whole chicken
    or turkey at 180 degrees. Invest in a meat thermometer to
    help you.
  2. Keep your cold foods cold. Don't let foods sit out for more
    than two hours.
  3. Keep your hot foods hot. If you're not going to be eating
    them within two hours, refrigerate them until next time.
  4. Minimize cross contamination in the kitchen. Always wash
    hands after handling meat and before cooking. Keep meat
    separate from other foods.
  5. Wash hands often.  Wash hands with warm water for
    twenty seconds. After washing your hands, turn the faucet
    off with a towel (or use an elbow), so you don't reinfect
    yourself. Wash utensils and countertops frequently as well,
    but know that your sponge can become contaminated with
    bacteria.
  6. Zap it. Use the microwave sponges for about two minutes
  7. Don't eat raw eggs. Your inner Rocky can climb the stairs
    after eating eggs scrambled not raw. Yes, skip the cookie
    dough, authentic ceasar salad, and avoid also lightly
    cooked, sunnyside up eggs. If eggs in the carton look slimy,
    they might be affected by bacteria!
  8. Throw away cracked eggs.  The entire carton as
    salmonella might run amuck in the whole dozen of them.
    Yes, it spreads that easily, so it's not worth the risk.
  9. Rinse grit from your fruits and vegetables.
  10. Don't drink unpasteurized milk. Mother Earth News
    educates homesteaders how to pasteurize raw milk at home.
  11. Get a fresh plate, utensil or cutting board. It's better to
    fill the dishwasher than to risk salmonella.
  12. Don't wait for proper precautions of a recall notification.  
    Take action and seek medical help, particularly if you think
    you've eaten undercooked meat, raw eggs, or unpasteurized
    milk; or if you've come into close contact with chickens or
    reptiles. Also, beware that if you are at high risk, waiting
    could be a fatal decision.
  13. If you have symptoms, avoid cooking food for others, so
    you don't spread the illness further.

Finally, know that many  water filtration products do not protect
users against foodborne or disease-causing bacteria, viruses, or
germs. If viruses or smaller bacteria are suspected, you'll need
to use your water filter in conjunction with water purifier tablets.
Pictured right, are Potable Aqua water purification tablets, which
make questionable water bacteriaiologically suitable to drink.

Foods that can help overcome salmonella:
Salmonella bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics, which
is why you'll want to improve your gut health now to battle a
future possible case of salmonella!

  • Chicory root. Chicory root is toxic to strains of salmonella.
    Chicory root, most prized as a "coffee weed" as it was a
    replacement beverage that's caffeine free. As a prebiotic,
    chicory root cleanses the blood, purifies the liver and offers
    digestive support by increasing the flow of bile.

  • Bananas, rice and potatoes offer a bland and gentle diet to
    help with recovery.

Incidents of Salmonella in the United States

  • Peanut Poisoning in Georgia. Stewart Parnell, a former
    peanut executive convicted for his role in a nationwide
    salmonella outbreak in 2008 and 2009 that killed nine
    people, is serving 28 years in prison for his role. It is the
    harshest sentence anyone has received for a food related
    crime.

  • Smoked Salmon Outbreak stemming from Greek
    procesing plant. An outbreak first spotted in smoked
    salmon from a company in the Netherlands contained the
    bacterial strain Salmonella Thompson in October 2012.
    Contamination stemmed from PVC chopping boards in a
    Greek processing plant. By way of international export, the
    product found its way to the United States, although no
    severe cases were reported in the U.S.

  • Bioterrorism and voter fraud salmonella incident in
    Oregon. Salmonella was a weapon of bioterrorism used by a
    Buddhist cult, the Rajneeshees, when its members exposed
    residents of Oregon to salmonella contamination through
    coffee creamers on table tops and salad bars of a pizzeria
    at a dozen restaurants in 1984. They hoped to gain political
    favor by making residents too sick to vote in elections,
    which would benefit their candidate. Here is more on the
    strange voter fraud story tied to salmonella contamination.

Keep your kitchen clean!
Products to help combat salmonella include the disinfectants
listed below (a disinfectant is a chemical liquid that destroys
bacteria, viruses and fungi).

  • Glisten Diswasher Magic. As an effective disinfectant
    against Eschericha Coli (E. Coli), Glisten Dishwasher Magic
    is also effective against Salmonella Choleraesus. The
    product intensively removes lime, rust, grease, and other
    build-up that affects your dishwasher's cleaning
    effectiveness over time. Unlike other machine cleaners,
    however, Glisten cleans, disinfects and removes germs from
    even the hidden areas. Best of all Glsten improves the
    cleaning performance of your dishwasher, and is safe for
    plumbing and septic systems.

  • Lysol Wipes. Lysol Wipes Kills 99.9% of Viruses & Bacteria
    including Salmonella, also, E.Coli, Hepes Simplex Virus.

  • Essential oil of peppermint. Looking for a natural
    disinfectant for use in the kitchen? Science supports the use
    of peppermint oil at combatting salmonella. Essential oil of
    peppermint* helps as a natural disinfectant and helps aid
    against Staph, E. coli, Salmonella, Herpes and other viruses,
    Candida, Giardia, and many more undesirable bugs. Use
    peppermint oil spray to clean and wash kitchen worktops,
    counters and surfaces!

Happy endings...
The good and happy news is that the vast majority of people
recover without any specific treatment.

Thankfully also, keeping good food hygiene practices are at the
heart of most of the concerns of salmonella. Now that you know
a bit more about Salmonella, you may like to check out other
sanitation issues preppers may face in crisis.

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