How Can I Protect Myself From Salmonella in a Restaurant?
We’ve heard and read about many outbreaks of e. coli and salmonella in the past 6 months. The most recent one reported this week is from sprouts and that outbreak has reached Oklahoma. In an article from CNN, they report salmonella is responsible for 1 million cases of foodborne illness in the United States annually, including 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths.
Most of the victims of this most recent outbreak ate sprouts in a restaurant. Only one victim got sick from sprouts prepared at home. Why? People are in control of the food when preparing food at home. Easy and simple steps can help you avoid sickness, like washing fruits and vegetables, and avoiding cross contamination when handling meat, and cooking food to a certain temperature will go a long way. For some food saftey tips you can do at home to keep you and your family safe CLICK HERE.
When eating at a restaurant, its impossible to protect yourself. You are at the mercy of the sanitation, or lack of sanitation, practices of the restaurant. If they don’t wash the produce they serve you, you are at risk. The recent CNN story proves that restaurants often cut corners on food safety.
If you have been hospitalized due to food poisoning or a loved one has died, you should contact us right away so we can preserve the evidence to prove your case.
Read more about food poisoning and how we can help, here.