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Can vinegar kill salmonella?

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Acetic acid: CAN IN FULL STRENGTH but dont count on Vinegar which is very weak!! BLEACH is the BEST way to kill Salmonella! Hope this helps! Dr Z
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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Disinfectant: The 5-6% acetic acid in vinegar crosses the cell membrane of bacteria and prompts a release of protons, which causes the cell to die by denaturation of proteins. Japanese scientists looked at rice vinegar to disinfect Salmonella and found that for strains that formed biofilms (a slimy matrix that protects the bacteria under it) vinegar just couldn't get past the slime to kill the Salmonellae.
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