Can raw chicken develop salmonella in my home?

If I purchased raw chicken at the market and bring it home, with no indication that it is infected with salmonella. Then once it is in my possession, is it able to develop the bacteria?
tobin8tor
Asked Sep 27, 2012
Salmonella is a bacteria and food can be infected with it anywhere it comes in contact with it. The greatest risk at home is if you handle pets then food without washing your hands.

Quick Tips for Preventing Salmonella from the center for disease control (CDC)

Cook poultry, ground beef, and eggs thoroughly. Do not eat or drink foods containing raw eggs, or raw (unpasteurized) milk.

If you are served undercooked meat, poultry or eggs in a restaurant, don't hesitate to send it back to the kitchen for further cooking.

Wash hands, kitchen work surfaces, and utensils with soap and water immediately after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry.

Be particularly careful with foods prepared for infants, the elderly, and the immunocompromised.

Wash hands with soap after handling reptiles, birds, or baby chicks, and after contact with pet feces.

Avoid direct or even indirect contact between reptiles (turtles, iguanas, other lizards, snakes) and infants or immunocompromised persons.

Don't work with raw poultry or meat, and an infant (e.g., feed, change diaper) at the same time.

Mother's milk is the safest food for young infants. Breastfeeding prevents salmonellosis and many other health problems.

http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/general/prevention.html
Rob
Answered Sep 27, 2012

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