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GordMay 05-28-2004 03:15 AM

Dirty Foods ?
10 Dirtiest Foods That Can Make You Sick

Open your refrigerator. Take a good look inside. Chances are you have some of the dirtiest--and most dangerous--foods in there. Eat them and you could get very sick.

”Men''s Health” magazine has identified the 10 dirtiest foods--from bad burgers and dangerous deli meats to hazardous health foods.

The Dirty 10:

1. Chicken
In one study cited by Men''s Health, more than 40 percent of chicken samples contained bacteria that can sicken, including E. coli.

2. Ground Beef
Simply because of the way ground beef is made through heavy processing, it has the potential to be loaded with deadly E. coli bacteria and more.

3. Ground Turkey
One in four packages of ground turkey tested by Men''s Health contained bacteria. This becomes a greater concern as more people substitute ground turkey for ground beef thinking it''s a healthier alternative.

4. Oysters
Beware of raw oysters! Many are tainted not only with bacteria, but also the Norovirus.

5. Eggs
The incredible edible egg is also associated with more than 600,000 cases of food poisoning each year and more than 300 deaths. Cook eggs completely and never eat them raw.

6. Cantaloupe
Cantaloupe rinds often contain dangerous bacteria that are hard to wash away. Cut through that rind with a knife and the bacteria can be transferred to the fruit.

7. Peaches
This favorite juicy summer fruit is dangerous because the peach fuzz makes it difficult to clean off all the pesticides.

8. Pre-Packaged Tossed Salads
These bagged salads are one of the greatest conveniences of the past decade, but they can also be one of the biggest sources of food poisoning since the contents are often contaminated with E. Coli, according to Men''s Health.

9. Cold Cuts
It looks like delicious shaved ham or turkey to you. But it could contain the dangerous bacteria Listeria, which is especially risky for infants and the elderly. Listeria can be spread by the deli slicer, and it can even grow in a cold refrigerator. What can you do? Experts advise you to transfer the deli meat to a fresh package when you get home and only buy enough for one week at a time.

10. Scallions
If these green onions are left uncooked, they have the potential to become bacterial breeding grounds. They''ve also been linked to fatal outbreaks of Hepatitis-A.

jbanta 05-28-2004 06:53 AM

Dirty Foods ?
So, Don''t eat the food, breath the air, drink the water. Next thing you''ll tell me is that sex is dangerous... :)

mmccoy 06-18-2004 09:19 PM

Dirty Foods ?
The lesson is, get rid of those dang dangerous refrigerators!

S.V._VANTAGE 04-29-2006 06:53 AM

I dissagree strongly
All the flesh products can make you really sick.... agree
but the vegetable "Bacteria" ??? There is no basis to be worried about rotten vegetable matter because it tasts "rotten" ... Nature has given us this sense. Pro Biotic bacteria and flora in the gut of individuals who haven't killed theirs off with anti biotics are quite able to handle "vege germs". Poisons are another story.... :eek:

jared 05-04-2006 03:20 PM

Actually? Chicken, beef, pork, turkey...practically any meat and especially processed meat can kill you with salmonella and e.coli and listeria. Our bodies have evolved nothing that protects against the more virulent strains of these, they survive the acid bath in our stomachs (stronger than battery acid) and often our immune systems as well. Some estimates are that there are 5000 deaths from food poisoning per year in the US alone, and well into six figure for food posioning where folks recover, one way or another.

Cantaloupe is notorious, as is most "field grown" imported produce, because of contamination from fecal matter. From chicken excrement used as fertilizer, and human waste that the migrant pickers have no choice about leaving in the fields. Yes, a melon can kill you--because of what is on the skin.

Oysters? Shellfish and some fish are all known to concentrate toxins from algea in the water. We have no defense against these, any more than we do against any other venoms. Ciguatera in fish is normally undetectable, locals know enough to just not eat certain species that often have it.

Considering the number of antiobiotic-resistant germs out there, washing all produce with soap and water for a mere 30 seconds is cheap insurance. Eatting rotting food? A great idea, a great way to ensure Darwinian evolution.

Not for me, thanks.

T37Chef 05-03-2007 07:09 PM

Here are some interesting organizations you may enjoy learning about...or not...

Renewing American Food Traditions (RAFT) Renewing America's Food Traditions - RAFT, Center for Sustainable Environments
Heritage Breeds Conservancy:
Heritage Breeds Conservancy, Inc.
Sustainable Table:
Sustainable Table: The Issues: Heritage and Heirloom Breeds
Slow Food USA:
Slow Food USA

T37Chef 05-03-2007 09:07 PM

cardiacpaul 05-04-2007 08:49 AM

There is caffine in the coffee, cholesterol in the eggs, too much salt in the bacon, too much sugar in the cereal, sacherin causes cancer, pesticides in the fruit....

looks like the only safe breakfast is a cigarette and a beer.

conrat66 05-04-2007 12:40 PM

Don't smoke Guess I'll have to have another beer!!! Yes we need to be as careful as we can,but not too paranoid to eat or have fun.

hellosailor 05-05-2007 12:38 AM

"Cantaloupe rinds often contain dangerous bacteria that are hard to wash away." Salmonella and often fecal contamination since the workers relieve themselves in the field.

On cold cuts or sliced meats, all the deli provision companies say to buy no more than 3-4 days supply, after that it is in doubt unless the deli kept it fresh and cold, and you kept it cold afterwards. If I had to stretch seven days, I'd stick to hard salami.

And let's not forget why WC Fields said he never drank water.<G>

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