I have been in a plane more hours than I care to count in the last year. To be safe, I have gone to purchasing a bottle of water before boarding, so that I don’t have to be dependent on the airline staff or at risk from the ice/glassware they serve. Because of the SARS epidemic and the MERS epidemic from the mid east, I bring along a mask, in case I am sitting next to someone with a bad cough. But a report by FOX News makes me even more cautious.
At a party, we shake hands; share foods, sometimes prepared at home, dip out of the same bowl and spread disease.
Writers for ESPN reviewed the Public Health Department inspections of 107 major league stadiums within the United States. Their review underscores the deplorable state of filthiness that puts sports enthusiasts at risk for food borne illness.
Have you been to a restaurant and taken leftovers home? Did you leave them in the car for a few hours while running errands? How long did you leave them in the refrigerator before eating that delectable leftover?
When we first moved to Milwaukee in the early 1980’s, we were introduced to “Steak Tartare”. I had never eaten raw red meat. My small town farming background was to thoroughly cook meats.
Eight people died and 350 were admitted to a hospital from food poisoning yesterday in the United States. Over 40% of the time it was traceable to restaurants.
While environmental toxins, in our food, may catch attention, the real threat to our food safety, internationally, is microbiological.
What do Food Poisoning Epidemics Have in Common?
In my last blog, I discussed restaurant chains that have gained notoriety for their alleged food poisoning outbreaks. Is there a common thread?
Don’t Drink Out of an Uncovered Straw.
Perhaps two thirds of the time when I dine out, drinks are served with straws that are uncovered. The FDA Food Code requires straws be served with covers. Why?
Is Your Favorite Fast Food Chain on this Dirty Dining List?
The largest 10 American restaurant chains serve food at over 75,000 restaurants. When there is an alleged massive food poisoning it makes national news.
Outbreak data show that Americans are twice as likely to get food poisoning from food prepared at a restaurant than food prepared at home. A recent study analyzed “solved” outbreaks of foodborne illness over a 10-year period – those outbreaks where both a food and a pathogen were identified by investigators — and found that 1,610 outbreaks in restaurants sickened more than 28,000 people. In contrast, 893 outbreaks linked to private homes caused nearly 13,000 cases of foodborne illnesses. —Center for Science in the Public Interest