Salmonella found in imported meat; food authority reminds of proper storage

The Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) has identified a number of cases of salmonellosis in imported poultry meat from Poland and Lithuania, Latvian Radio reported June 21.

Tatjana Marčenkova, PVD representative, said that salmonella bacteria multiply very quickly, but diminish in temperatures above +74 C, so meat should always be cooked and stored properly as Midsummer approaches with grilling season.

One should remember to wash hands while preparing meals and observe elementary kitchen hygiene. Marcenkova said that raw products should not be allowed to come into contact with cooked products to avoid cross-contamination.

Consumers should also pay attention to the way products are stored in shops.

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