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Other than a few minutes in hot water, what can be used to kill Salmonella? See detail?

Asked by flo (12974points) December 17th, 2019

So, if you have the regular things you would find in a household, or could get easily, but no heat to boil water, what else would kill the salmonella?

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flo's avatar

So, swimming pool owners would have that, I guess. Is that what you’re referring to? Thanks Do you have a link or are you asking?

rebbel's avatar

I’m not sure, but I think hot water should be boiling water.

flo's avatar

@Zaku You put the egg over the flames?

flo's avatar

@rebbel Thanks for the link. Yes it is boiling but some people may put the cold egg in boiling water and have it crack. I mentioned it in another OP re. salmonella. I think if the hot water is hot enough (was just bubbling) it can be used to kill the salmonella as long as the period of tme is increased, I don’t know exactly by how much though. Maybe someone out there knows.

flo's avatar

@Zaku….or on the coal?

flo's avatar

What’s the water/chlorine ratio by the way?

LuckyGuy's avatar

UV-C light is effective. When combined with mild heat it is even more effective.

Zaku's avatar

Well you just asked about killing “the” salmonella.

I’m not sure what you’re really asking. If you mean how to reduce the risk of suffering a salmonella infection, “killing the salmonella” isn’t how I’d think about an effective strategy. I think it’s more about “try to reduce the risks of eating very much salmonella”, which is about keeping raw meat refrigerated so it doesn’t bloom, rinsing it (and probably then pat it with a paper towel you throw away), washing your hands after touching meat/eggs/some veg, ... here I’ll just cut & paste from a site about it

Wash your hands

Washing your hands thoroughly can help prevent the transfer of salmonella bacteria to your mouth or to any food you’re preparing. Wash your hands after you:

Use the toilet
Change a diaper
Handle raw meat or poultry
Clean up pet feces
Touch reptiles or birds

Keep things separate

To prevent cross-contamination:

Store raw meat, poultry and seafood away from other foods in your refrigerator
If possible, have two cutting boards in your kitchen — one for raw meat and the other for fruits and vegetables
Never place cooked food on an unwashed plate that previously held raw meat

Avoid eating raw eggs

Cookie dough, homemade ice cream and eggnog all contain raw eggs. If you must consume raw eggs, make sure they’ve been pasteurized.

flo's avatar

@LuckyGuy A link would be good in case someone asks in the future and you don’t happen to come across it.
@Zaku You got the question and answered it the first time.

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How does salmonella get on the farm produced chicken/eggs in the first place?

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