Salmonella Facts: What You Should Know

However, there is a way for the bacterium to spread once the eggs are in your kitchen, with this particular strain surviving on surfaces for up to four days. Braden said if a number of eggs are being pulled together, even if just one is contaminated, it may exacerbate the situation, especially if in a restaurant environment.

Once one person is infected and experiencing diarrhea, spreading the bacterium is a possibility, especially since it doubles every 20 minutes.

Right now, Braden estimates that there are 30 cases for every one that is reported to the CDC.

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Top Ten Safety Tips

In order to ensure that you and your family are safe from a salmonella infection, especially with regards to the latest egg recall, the following precautions are recommended:

Cartons containing cracked or broken eggs should be discarded in order to prevent contamination.

Cook eggs, poultry and ground beef thoroughly; don't eat food containing raw eggs.

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Raw eggs may be found in any of the following: homemade hollandaise sauce, Caesar dressing, tiramisu, homemade ice cream, cookie dough and frostings.

Keep raw products separate from produce, cooked foods or ready-to-eat meals.

Contaminated eggs usually don't smell bad nor do they taste bad; rely on what they look like (i.e. avoid eggs with "runny" yolks).

If you are served undercooked eggs in a restaurant, send them back.

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Be careful preparing meals for infants, elderly and those with a weak immune system.

Wash your hands, utensils and kitchen surfaces with both soap and water immediately after contact with raw products each time you touch them.

If you don't have access to soap and water, you can use hand sanitizer.

Don't work with raw products and an infant simultaneously (i.e. feeding or changing a diaper).

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Those suffering with diarrhea should not prepare food or pour water for others.

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