March 1998 Issue

Common Bacteria Favors Salty Ham

If you plan to celebrate Easter with a baked ham, take precautions. Just because a ham is precooked doesn't mean it's safe. Why? The high salt content of ham provides an ideal environment for Staphylococcus aureus (Staph), a bacteria whose toxins can make you sick. Last fall, 18 celebrants enjoying a retirement party in Florida fell ill with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea within hours of eating baked ham. Their symptoms lasted up to

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