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Earlier today I got old hotdog juice on my hands. Normally I wouldn't be concerned about this, but I am currently 35 weeks pregnant and the hot dogs were very old (about 8 months old). My friend said they had been kept in a storage freezer in her garage up until she put them in the fridge last week.  Was helping her clean out the fridge and when I picked up the hotdog package, juice from the package, which obviously had a hole in it got onto my hands. I threw the hotdogs away and washed my hands a couple of times. My concern is, is that I used the same hand towel to dry my hands in between washes, and wasn't sure if I could have recontaminated my hands? The hand towel was clean when I dryer them the first time. I washed them once, dried them, then decided just to be on the safe side I would wash them again. I know hotdogs can contain harmful bacteria like  Listeria and Salmonella especially if your pregnant. Hoping I didn't recontaminated myself.
Thank You Baylee

This is a very similar question to one I recently received. Take a look at recent questions posed to me and you will see this. Bottom line is you have nothing to worry about. There have been no recent outbreaks associated with hot dogs. The risk to you is very very low. Please read my recent comments to the same question.

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I can answer food safety questions relative to food processing, retail food and food salvage after a catastrophic event such as a hurricane, flood, ammonia leak or fire. Questions related to HACCP, Regulatory, GFSI, SQF, BRC, liability issues, contamination events, pest infestation, pest control methodology,food safety defense, pathogen prevention such as L. Monocytogenes control in food processing and retail, any subject related to food safety including at home issues.


30 years experience as a food safety consultant working for the top food processors, food retailers and insurance companies that write liability policies related to food processing, storage and distribution. My firm employees 6 full time food safety auditors. I work for top law firms throughout the USA and am a staff consultant for Douglas Peterson and Associates, one of the top forensic engineering firms in the world. I also work with Risk Solutions International, a global leader in risk management.

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Syracuse University, Microbiology/Biology NYS College of Environmental Sciences, Plant and Environmental Biology Cornell University, Food and Dairy Processing

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Wm. Hickey Award (2006), NYS Association for Food Protection, for contributions in the field of food safety and sanitation New York State Integrated Pest Management Award (2007), NYS Assoc. for Food Protection, for contributions in the filed of integrated pest management.

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