3 Foods That the Experts Won't Touch
And other food-safety tips to keep your July 4th rolling
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Jul 4, 2014 2:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – Nothing can put a damper on your July 4th barbecue like rain—except maybe food safety experts, some of whom give USA Today pointers on how to avoid celebrations that end with you running for the bathroom. Doug Powell of the aptly-named barfblog.com starts with a few foods he would never eat:

  • Sprouts: They can carry salmonella, listeria, and E. coli, and require warm moisture to grow—just like bacteria.
  • Raw shellfish: No matter how fancy the restaurant, don’t risk it. Why? Raw waste is in the water they call home.
  • Raw milk: Sure, people say unpasteurized milk is healthy and boosts the immune system. But the CDC says it also contains salmonella, listeria, campylobacter, and brucella.

And a few general tips:

  • Take your meat’s temperature: The trick is to insert the thermometer in sideways, and you’ll want to hit a balmy 160 degrees. For fans of medium-rare burgers, Food Safety News has a not-so-gentle reminder about the dangers of salmonella.
  • Don’t trust sliced cantaloupes: The melon’s soft, rough skin love bacteria and washing doesn’t improve matters. And bacteria on the rind can get on the yummy interior when the melon is cut. The solution? Store sliced melon in the fridge.
  • Stay cool: Keep your picnic foods in a cooler, not in the summer sun.
  • Be friends with mayo: It contains pasteurized eggs and lots of vinegar to keep bacteria at bay. The homemade version is riskier.
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BCS
Jul 6, 2014 10:34 AM CDT
I occasionally eat sprouts, And I was just shooting some raw oysters at a wedding in Newport, RI last weekend. Still alive. As for raw milk, I'm good, but I'm sure it's reasonably safe when consumed from a fresh organic source.
iq145
Jul 5, 2014 4:34 PM CDT
Another "food": Dolphin meat. WAY too much of a high mercury content. Only a fool would eat that...
duboce
Jul 5, 2014 12:21 PM CDT
i ate a human and got humanella. look at my skin and see what happens when a chicken goes after homo sapiens for a meal.