How do people get yersiniosis from chitterlings?
A. People can get yersiniosis from the cross-contamination of food contact surfaces, such as countertops, cutting boards, utensils. Infants can get yersiniosis if their family members or caretakers handle raw chitterlings and do not adequately wash their hands before handling the infant or the infant’s toys, bottles, or pacifiers. Cross-contamination can occur if family members or caretakers preparing the chitterlings are also caring for infants and small children at the same time. It is very important that safe food handling practices are followed during the preparation of this product to protect you and those you care for from illness. Q. How can consumers prevent getting yersiniosis from chitterlings? A. Tips for safely preparing chitterlings for your family this holiday season: • Boil raw chitterlings for 5 minutes before cleaning and cooking. Studies conducted by the Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Public Health found that including this step in the preparation o