E. coli 0157:H7 Bacteria
Illness from E. coli 0157:H7 is due to a toxin made by a
virus that lives inside the bacteria.
How to prevent food plant contamination
Test all raw ingredients, continually, to ensure the quality of suppliers products. Document results and immediately notify suppliers of any contamination results.
Of utmost importance, a good solid sanitation/cleaning program, with well trained sanitors, and adequate time available to properly clean your facility.
Make certain all employees practice proper hygiene.
All equipment, pallets, packaging materials, etc., entering production areas, must be sanitary.
Knives, slicing equipment, blenders, grinders, or any equipment, penetrating exterior food surfaces, must remain sanitary.
Employees directly handling products must wear CLEAN plastic/rubber gloves. Employees showing signs of illness should not handle products, or remain home.
Floors, tables, packaging equipment, etc., should remain clean and dry during production.
Positive air pressure, in production areas, must be maintained. All air handling equipment must be maintained in a clean and sanitary level, including any drip pans or condensate drain lines.
Maintain HACCP program, and adhere to all program recommendations.
How to prevent infection (public info)
Avoid raw rare or undercooked ground beef make sure the meat is brown (not pink) throughout, the juices run clear and the inside is hot.
Keep raw meat separate from other foods.
Wash hands, counters and utensils with hot soapy water after touching raw meat.
Thoroughly clean knives after cutting meat, fish or shell fish before cutting other foods.
Infected people should wash hands carefully with soap to reduce risk of spreading infection.
Drink bottled water if traveling to places where water quality is uncertain.
Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly.
Avoid swallowing lake or pool water while swimming.
E. coli 0157:H7 is a potentially fatal strain of bacteria that causes an estimated 73,000 cases of infection and 61 deaths in the US each year.
1 Hemolytic uremic syndrome
2 Disease of the central nervous system
3 Non life-threatening Illnesses
partial source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, JSOnline Sept. 11, 2001