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How can salmonella be prevented?

Page last updated 07 July 2020

Because it is spread by ingesting the bacteria from contaminated food, water or hands, good personal and food hygiene is important to prevent the spread of salmonella. It is important to thoroughly cook all food from animal sources to prevent salmonella infection. Improper food handling and storage techniques may also increase the risk of infection.1–4

There are also some important things to consider sucas:

  • Follow good hand washing techniques after going to the toilet and before and after handling food.
  • After you have cooked food, avoid recontamination from raw food in the kitchen or refrigerator.
  • Emphasise the importance of refrigerating food and maintaining a sanitary kitchen.
  • Avoid consuming raw or incompletely cooked eggs, or using dirty or cracked eggs.
  • Use pasteurised milk and egg products.
  • Educate food handlers on the importance of handwashing, and separating raw and cooked foods.
  • Recognise the risk of salmonella infections in pets. Poultry and reptiles may be risky for small children.
  • People with diarrhoea should avoid swimming until it has stopped for at least 24 hours.

For more information regarding salmonella infection speak with your health care professional.   

Sources & Citations

2. NSW Health. Salmonellosis Communicable Diseases Factsheet. Avaiable at: (accessed 17 June 2020).

4. Victoria State Government. Salmonellosis. Available at: (accessed 17 June 2020).

5. Government of South Australia. SA Health. Salmonella infection – including symptoms, treatment and prevention. Available at: (accessed 17 June 2020).


MAT-AU-2000142 - Date of preparation June 2020