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CLOROX: CBS SERIES ON POULTRY CONTAMINATION: WIDESPREAD PROBLEMS, SOLUTIONS PENDING; WHAT CAN CONSUMERS DO TODAY?

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of a three-part CBS News report on food poisoning from poultry products, Clorox said it is issuing a public reminder that the risk of food-borne illness can be greatly reduced if consumers sanitize food preparation surfaces with a registered disinfectant, in addition to properly and completely cooking meat and poultry.
 In the "Eye on America" segments Monday, Tuesday and a third which aired last night, CBS News correspondent Frank Currier described food poisoning as "the dark side" of consumers' huge appetite for chicken and said 1 million Americans will get sick form contaminated poultry this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that, all told, there are 6 million cases of food-borne disease in the United States each year. CDC reports that 97 percent of all food- poisoning outbreaks result from improper food handling and preparation in food service and household kitchens. Salmonella is a common cause of food-borne illness related to poultry.
 Food preparation surfaces need sanitizing to kill germs that can make us sick. In kitchens, cutting boards and other hard surfaces can transfer bacteria through cross-contamination. For example, cutting fruits and vegetables on surfaces that have been exposed to uncooked meats may contaminate food that will be eaten raw with illness-causing bacteria. Soap and water alone won't kill these illness-causing microbes. Even cooked meats can be re-contaminated if put in contact with surfaces where raw meats and poultry had been.
 Directions for Sanitizing Wooden Cutting Boards to Kill Bacteria:
 First wash with hot, sudsy water. Rinse. Then apply a solution of three tablespoons bleach (slightly less than 1/4 cup) per gallon of water to surfaces. Keep surfaces wet for two minutes. Rinse thoroughly and dry.
 Liquid bleach is safe to use on food surfaces. It breaks down primarily into salt and water after use.
 Salmonella:
 These bacteria can cause vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea usually within six to 48 hours after eating contaminated food. Clorox liquid bleach is a federally registered disinfectant that will kill Salmonella bacteria on surfaces.
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 /CONTACT: Sandy Sullivan, 510-271-7732, or Barbara Silberstein, 202-638-1200, both for Clorox/
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