By Dan Nguyen, Contributor
Barbecue season is in full effect. You’re ready to host your friends for the weekend so you head to the market to get your burger patties, the freshly made franks and even a fruit assortment for a nice cold fruit salad. But wait - hold off on buying pre-cut fruit at your local supermarket, there has been another outbreak! It is time to take Salmonella seriously.
Ascel Bio is anticipating a peak in Salmonella cases starting late July to early August. Southern states such as Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Carolina are currently on our watch list. Salmonella transmission usually occurs through contact with contaminated sources. Warmer temperatures and the higher humidity during the summer make things worse.
Already, the CDC has identified Salmonella outbreaks in the following states: Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. Fresh cut watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon and fruit medley products have been recalled in the aforementioned states due to a contamination incident at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.
According to the CDC, recalled products have been sold at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods/Amazon.
Here are some tips to preventing Salmonella and food poisoning:
Let’s think about some best practices we can implement in our lifestyle to avoid contaminating our foods as well as some strategies that can help your recovery in the event of a Salmonella infection:
Clean Ones – Disposable Poly Gloves 500 Count
What to do if there is no running water or antibacterial soap near you? In a pinch, you could use these disposable gloves approved for food handling. This one size fits all will can also accommodate your friends who want to help you with food prep! Since this is completely latex free even your latex sensitive acquaintances can use them.
Purell – Hand and Face Sanitizing Wipes – Travel Size
You could also carry these sanitizing wipes that come in a practical portable size. Each pack contains 20 wipes. These wipes contain benzalkonium chloride which kills up to 99.99% of common germs.
GOJO – Premium Foam Antibacterial Hand Wash Fresh Fruit Scent.
If you need some serious handwashing soap, try this GOJO foaming soap. The active antimicrobial ingredient is Chloroxylenol at 0.3%. The foaming action also allows you to use less soap. GOJO has also included Vitamin E and aloe in this formula to keep your hands conditioned and moisturized.
Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap – Tea Tree
If you’re looking for a “natural” alternative, then try this biodegradable, eco-friendly castile soap made by Dr. Bronner’s. Some studies support the notion that Tea Tree Oil has antimicrobial properties. Made from organic hemp, olive and coconut oil and pure tea tree oil. Dr. Bronner’s soap is completely organic and uses only vegan ingredients.
RecoverORS – Clinical Electrolyte Rehydration Supplement – Citrus Flavor
Following the World Health Organization guidelines, this oral rehydration salts (ORS) solution is the adult version of Pedialyte. Proudly made in the USA. Comes in Citrus Flavor.
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