Salmonella – lets get this straight

I have been educating myself again about Salmonella since I raise chickens and collect their eggs. I have never suffered from it, but one can never be too careful as the world constantly requires more vigilance.chicken-eggs

Salmonella comes from or is in the guts of an infected animal. Even a person can have it. It causes diarrhea. One animal or person can get it from another.

How many times have you seen a dog lick a child’s face? Don’t let those dogs lick your kids face. It’s likely the dog has had its tongue in a place where there is Salmonella.






Turtles, Snakes and Lizards are dangerous to play with and hold because they can have it on the outside of their bodies. (I wonder if that means frogs and toads).


Baby frog


The outside of eggs can have it on it because they often come in contact with the chicken’s butt end. The eggs should be cleaned before use. It can also occur  in eggs – starting in the white and then the yolk as the egg ages.





All meat and things that could have come into contact with animal feces have to be adequately cooked to make sure it doesn’t enter your digestive system.


8 lb. Butchered chicken



The FDA has published guidelines to help reduce the chance of food-borne salmonellosis. Food must be cooked to 68–72°C (145–160°F), and liquids such as soups or gravies must be boiled. Freezing kills some Salmonella, but it is not sufficient to reliably reduce Salmonella below infectious levels. While Salmonella is usually heat-sensitive, it does acquire heat resistance in high-fat environments such as peanut butter.

Freezing or refrigeration slows the growth of it but doesn’t completely kill it.

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7 Responses to “Salmonella – lets get this straight”

  1. Anna-Marie White says:

    Heat resistance in high fat….WHAT?! Are you serious…woah

  2. Naomi says:

    The trick is to know how to balance being careful with being paranoid.

    • Naomi says:

      …And that balance is in a different spot for everyone, depending on their needs.

    • sherry says:

      I’ve never made anyone sick, and never been paranoid either, but I wonder when I read some of this info, how I have managed.

      • Naomi says:

        I think it’s because a lot of the info out there errs on the side of caution. There are people that just can’t afford to get sick. I think this is their target group. They also might be covering their back ends so they don’t get sued for wrong info. Or…maybe you and I just have iron stomachs and don’t get sick as easily.


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