Easter Chicks Carry Risk Of Salmonella
CHARLOTTE, NC - The salmonella scare started with sushi. Now, just day before Easter, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning about salmonella poisoning from chicks. Last year 68 people got sick from handling baby chicks and ducklings.
Kids in the area are getting excited, but it’s not just the bunny, another animal is stealing the spotlight; baby chicks. But it’s not all cute and fluffy; every year salmonella sends dozens of kids to the doctor’s office.
Although parents we spoke with thought they were taking the proper precautions by washing everything thoroughly and using paper towels as opposed to dish rags when handling raw chicken; many of them were surprised to hear that their child could get salmonella from a chick.
Stewart Jones is a South Charlotte resident, he says he was unaware his child could get sick from holding a chick, “I had no idea you could get that from holding a live animal."
However, its not just parents that need to be on high alert, local farmers need to be as well. Norman Simpson with Simpson Farms says they’re already taking precautions, "Clean them with a clear solution, clean the packaging; we double check ourselves constantly, keep it fresh and cold. We don't want anybody to get sick; nobody does."
Health scare or not, local eggs are still in high demand. Norman Simpson sold out of eggs at the Kings Drive Farmers Market.
And although the alert among parents remains high, eggs on Easter still remain the star of the show. Simpson says things will happen but the main thing is to keep them fresh and cool and as for his Easter plans, “Hide a few eggs, find a few eggs and hopefully eat some eggs.
Some tips on preventing salmonella from the CDC include; cook your eggs thoroughly, do not eat or drink food containing raw eggs or raw milk and wash your hands with soap and water immediately after contact with raw meat or poultry.
For more tips on salmonella preventions, diagnosis or treatment, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.