Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a bacterium that lives in the intestines of healthy people and animals, says Mayo Clinic. A few strains found in contaminated water or food can cause abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.
To help prevent E. coli infection, Mayo Clinic encourages people to:
- Cook hamburgers until they’re 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Drink pasteurized milk, juice and cider.
- Wash raw produce thoroughly.
- Wash utensils before and after contact with raw food.
- Wash hands after preparing or eating food, using the toilet or changing diapers.
- Keep raw foods separate.