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A common tradition for those that celebrate Easter, involves decorating eggs, Easter egg hunts and baby chicks. If your family enjoys these activities, keep a few food safety tips in mind for an illness free holiday.
If purchasing baby chicks for Easter, remember that live poultry (even those cute baby chicks) that appear healthy and clean can still carry Salmonella bacteria that can cause illness. Good handwashing is essential after handling chicks to avoid issues of cross-contamination from hands. It is especially important for adults to supervise young children when they are around the chick. Children love to cuddle, pet and kiss the baby chick -- all of which exposes them to the bacteria. Additionally, supervised handwashing after handling the chick is critical. Proper handwashing includes wetting hands and applying soap. Rub hands together, creating a good lather and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds, the time it takes to sing your ABC’s. Rinse under running water and dry with a paper towel. Young children are at an increased risk of developing an infection as their immune system is still maturing.