#1 is “RAW/RED/PINK GROUND MEATS OR CHICKEN”
Eating undercooked ground beef or undercooked chicken can cause some of the most devastating food borne illnesses.
The Environmental Health Specialists Network (EHS-Net) found in over half of all restaurants studied:
- Failing to wash hands after handling raw ground beef & failing to determine doneness of hamburgers without using a thermometer were common.
- Slightly less than half of managers knew the temperature to which raw chicken needed to be cooked for it to be safe to eat.
Eating undercooked hamburger or chicken at a restaurant puts your health at risk.
#2 is “OYSTERS & RAW FISH”
While seafood comprises < 1% of the typical Americans’ diet, seafood is responsible for roughly 25% of all food borne disease in the US. When you add all aquatic animals and mollusks they account for 36% of all food borne outbreaks and 10% of all illnesses.
- 96% of all seafood diseases are due to ingestion of raw oysters according to a study published in Microbial Ecology.
#3 is “RUNNY, SLIMMY EGGS”
According to (EHS-Net) studies there is at least a 25% chance that cracked raw eggs have been at room temperature before they are used and if in pancakes or French toast they may have been on the countertop for beyond 6 hours.
#4 is “ALFALFA SPROUTS”
Alfalfa sprouts are not cooked. Like any fresh produce that is consumed raw or lightly cooked, raw sprouts carry a risk of food borne illness.
What makes raw sprouts different from other raw produce? The seeds and beans need warm, humid conditions to sprout and grow, the same conditions that are ideal for bacteria to grow, including dangerous bacteria like Salmonella.
In short crispy alfalfa sprouts are never clean.
#5 is “CREAMY SALADS AT A PICNIC OR POTLUCK”
Within a hand full of hours at room temperature, Staph bacteria can grow in ham, egg, tuna, chicken, potato or macaroni salads to dangerous levels. Milk & creamy dairy products are the perfect environment for this bacteria to produce its toxin. A few hours later you are suffering from nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
#6 is “SNACKS FROM A COMMUNITY SERVING BOWL”
Dirty hands are everywhere. The data is stunning. Sixteen percent of cell phones are contaminated with stool. A National Institute of Health study showed that hands washed for 15 seconds still have over 20% of bacteria and even after washing for 2 minutes 10% of bacteria remain.
Would you let your dentist put his hands in your mouth without washing? Whose dirty hands do you want in your mouth?