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Preventing Foodborne Illnesses

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(Dr. Brian McDonough) Dr. Brian McDonough
Dr. Brian McDonough has been medical editor at KYW Newsradio for more...
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Food safety continues to be an issue in our country. Whether it is an E. coli outbreak, a concern over listeria or some other exotic bacteria, we keep seeing situations popping up in the news.

The way I always tend to deal with these issues is to provide guidelines that can help prevent exposure to problems.

Right now I don’t know of any food related concerns, but there is no better time for my message. You see, we need to take precautions every day because proper cooking techniques and hygiene are our best protection.

One of the most important steps is to cook meat thoroughly — most bacteria can’t withstand high temperatures. Make certain that you repeatedly wash your hands and thoroughly clean all surfaces such as cutting boards, and fruits and vegetables need to be washed.

Just these few steps can make a big difference.

Reported By Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio Medical Editor

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