Salmonella can actually affect beef. If the beef comes in contact with anything contaminated, it too can spread salmonella. That being said, salmonella is more commonly found in poultry because the bacteria that causes salmonella infects birds. The hundreds of strains of the bacteria causes illness in the birds which often goes unnoticed before they are killed for meat. The bacteria is then transferred to humans if the meat is not cooked properly. Other meats such as beef could carry salmonella if the animal comes into contact with an infected bird or its meat while alive, or if they are shipped or packed or stored together before being cooked.
The bacteria are associated with chicken and eggs, because salmonella is commonly present in large numbers in chicken intestines and feces. However, it is now common to find the bacteria thriving in many animals, including fish and some reptiles.
As far as meat goes, any meat, actually any food, that you eat has a chance of being contaminated with salmonella. In a contaminated kitchen, anything that touches infected foods, such as a knife, cutting board or chef’s hands, could cross-contaminate all the other food. Also common with vegetables, farm workers themselves might not wash properly after using the restroom and can contaminate the food right there in the field.
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