The Drs: Meat Cooking Time, Unpasteurized Milk & Preventing Salmonella

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The Doctors: Is Salmonella Contagious Through Kissing?

The Doctors helped a viewer, Neda, separate fact from fiction when it comes to salmonella. Salmonella poisoning is a common, and dangerous, concern, and there are so many rumors and old wives’ tales surrounding it. How contagious is salmonella? Can you get salmonella poisoning from just being around raw meat? Can salmonella be passed through kissing or using a public bathroom?

The Drs: Meat Cooking Time, Unpasteurized Milk & Preventing Salmonella

The Doctors separated fact from fiction regarding salmonella poisoning and shared important meat cooking times.

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When it comes to salmonella, “prevention is the key,” Dr. Lisa Masterson said. Salmonella is typically spread through the fecal-oral route and lives in animals and humans. And no, you can’t get salmonella poisoning through kissing or toilet seats. The biggest culprit of salmonella is undercooked meat.

The Drs: Meat Cooking Times

Dr. Travis Stork explained that if you don’t properly cook your meat, the bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses are never killed. Chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees, ground beef 160 degrees and pork 145 degrees. If you aren’t sure just by looking, invest in a good cooking thermometer.

The Doctors: Unpasteurized Milk

If you shop at the grocery store, you are purchasing pasteurized milk. However, unpasteurized milk is 150 times more likely to contain bacteria. If you come across unpasteurized dairy products, don’t consume them. This is particularly important for pregnant women; no unpasteurized products, and no rare meat.

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Further, eggs are a great source of protein, but don’t make your sunny side up too sunny. If the yolk is too runny, try scrambled or fried eggs for a much safer option.

Whatever you eat, be sure to refrigerate foods properly, buy them fresh and use separate utensils and cutting boards to avoid cross contamination.

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