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Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to prevent Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection, you should: 

  • Wash your hands thoroughly after going to the bathroom or changing diapers
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after handling animals, animal bedding, or any material contaminated with animal fecal matter
  • Eat only thoroughly cooked ground beef, pork, sheep meat, or sausage.
  • Cook ground meat products to an internal temperature of 160ºF
  • Avoid drinking unpasteurized milk and juices
  • Wash fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating raw
  • Prevent cross contamination in food preparation areas by washing hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils after they touch raw meat.
  • Keep raw meat separate from ready-to-eat foods

Last Updated September 02, 2011