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A 27-year-old member asked:

how do bacteria get into food?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Multiple ways: Bacteria may be introduced to food anywhere from the farm, to any processing or from contamination at the final food preparation at the kitchen.
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 27 years experience
Food contamination: can result from washing even "organic" produce with water contaminated by animal manure or by other contact with animals. Another source is when a food handler fails to wash his hands. Inadequate food preparation at home or at a restaurant is another way that food can become contaminated. Food that is old such as left overs, even if refrigerated, can breed microbes. "When in doubt, throw it out!"

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Could salty food cause a dry taste in my mouth?

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A 51-year-old female asked:

I parked my car (locked) for 3 hrs in front of a pile of dirty & smelly trash which have rotten food&dirty things.Can bacteria& germs get in my car?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Not to worry: The closed car is relatively isolated and nothing from the pile of trash, etc. could get into the car. We are constantly exposed to trash and other things simply by walking down the street. Most of the material in such piles is not infectious to normal humans anyway.

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