Wednesday, October 7, 2009

10 Dirtiest Foods: Tell me something I don't already know!

As if eating packaged food that's been sitting on dirty, dusty shelves for years doesn't gross me out enough. Now The CDC releases the top ten foods that will make you sick. "This should be an interesting read," I think to myself.

Then I see the list. The usual suspects: Chicken, ground beef, ground turkey. All of them can pick up germs? REALLY!? Thanks for enlightening me (insert sarcasm here).

But wait, it gets betters. Raw Oysters could carry salmonella or E. coli? No kidding!? Anything raw for that matter. Thanks for the two cents.

Number 6 on the dirtiest foods list: Cantaloupe. Yeah, the peel can collect bacteria. Did you know that? Yeah, I didn't either (sprinkled with more sarcasm).

Peaches. Yeah, apparently they don't come blemish-free either. Oh and the pre-packaged, pre-washed lettuce you buy probably isn't really thoroughly washed either. "Wash it yourself to make sure it's clean," advises The CDC. Thanks Mom!

Cold cuts and scallions also made the list of the top ten dirtiest foods. I don't know about you, but I don't really have the luxury of eating scallions. As for cold cuts, what am I supposed to do? Soak it in water?

I know, I know. The Centers for Disease Control is trying to educate the pubic about food borne illnesses. But tell me something I already don't know, or better yet spend the money you're doling out on finding out what's dirtiest on changing the way manufacturers, restaurants, etc. handle food products. Now, there's an idea.

Sorry I'm drenching in sarcasm today.

Oops. I almost forgot to mention. Eggs. They ranked number five on the list. "Make sure you cook those too." ---brought to you by The CDC.


Angelique said...

Eeeeeeewwwwwwww! I eat a lot of ground chicken & turkey.......but I can see how the bacteria on the surface of meat can be mixed all the way through it when ground. :( Well, since I can't eat anything now, maybe I will loose some weight lol :p

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the CDC reminds me of my grandma. Honestly, ANY food (not pasteurized) contains bacteria. Every time you eat anything fresh you are just playing the odds. If your food handled properly, i.e. refrigerated and thawed properly, then the odds are significantly in your favor. I'm not afraid of sunny-side up. :D

David Wells said...

You don't have the luxury of eating scallions?

Anonymous said...

Does sushi rank? I like it.