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10 Commandments of Food Safety

By EatingWell Editors

How many of these food-safety rules do you follow?


READER'S COMMENT:
"Bunch of bollocks. Above comments already have said what I wanted to say. Well, our grand grand parents didn't even have fridges and lived, right? Don't eat runny eggs? Well, as a kid I used to eat raw yolks with salt and it was yummy....
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Bunch of bollocks. Above comments already have said what I wanted to say. Well, our grand grand parents didn't even have fridges and lived, right? Don't eat runny eggs? Well, as a kid I used to eat raw yolks with salt and it was yummy. Years later, still as a kid, I had salmonella (I was a guest in somebody's house) and I know it's a terrible and devastating illness but I'm careful with eggs and rinse my hands with a COLD water and a little bit of dish soap. And never got sick from that! Wash hands in warm water for 20sec? Surgeons maybe do that lol. All my dishes I wash in a cold water, don't use a dishwasher, love med-rare burgers or rare steaks or tartare, I buy beef in walmart, I thaw meat on the counter every time, when I was small I used to eat a raw dough all the time, I leave food outside the fridge and it's way more than 2 hours - I should be dead already, right?!?

What I'm thinking... all the FDA joke is only to make us feel dependent of whatever they say, to make us feel defensless and scared of illnesses everywhere. And then out of the blue they will have a super pill cure! YAY! That was an irony.. I'm just tired of listening what we should or shouldn't... and now they poison our milk with aspartam (too keep us healthy WOW!)...

Well, I think everyone needs a little bit of bacteria to force our body to fight it. If you keep it super clean, then everything will make you sick sooner or later. Just look how many kids already have strange illnesses, asthmas ecc? And we 20+ years ago were playing in the dirt, eating fruits fallen from the trees or sandwiches which fell on the dirt.... I miss those times..

Anonymous

03/01/2013 - 1:46pm

I eat steak tartare to rare, raw sushi, and rare pork - never got sick from it.
I eat raw cookie dough and I like my eggs sunny side up and use raw eggs in smoothies - never got sick from it.
I leave the pots with food in them on the stove untl everyone is finished eating - often longer than 2 hours - never got sick from it.
I use the same knife and cutting board for everything, often cut meat first, and just rinse off any blood that I don't want to get onto my vegetables - never got sick from it.
I thaw meat on the counter - never got sick from it.
I wash my hands before cooking, using plain old glycerin soap.

Anonymous

08/07/2012 - 1:22pm

Love this!

Anonymous

05/07/2010 - 3:40pm

Some of these are realistic; some of the "rules" could be as dangerous as being bit by a pig at a 4H event; it could happen, but unlikely.

Don't eat sliced fruit that has been at room temperature for an hour???? Come on, who has ever gotten sick on watermelon at a picnic?????

The best thing to avoid food poisoning:
1. Don't eat the white sauce on tacos in Mexico. (don't eat the ice or drink unfiltered water)
2. Watch out for starches that have been heated up and then left at room temperature (potatoes, rice).
3. Refrigerate if you have a perishable product, ice if traveling.

Anonymous

02/06/2010 - 7:30pm

1 don't need a thermometer to set for cold---i like my milk almost ice

2 why defrost on the counter? i took it out of the freezer to eat it

3 just properly cleaning the cutting board will suffice---

4 if it is fully cooked it will be hot enough---none of this raw meat on my table

5 - 10 easy enough to do

Anonymous

12/03/2009 - 9:12pm

this terrifies the crap out of me.... but its like something new everyday... we will never win.

Anonymous

09/22/2009 - 10:39am

I use only plastic cutting boards and I always run them through the dishwasher after use. This should be good enough for the food safety police.

Sarah, Renton, WA

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 5:09pm

I failed miserably, yet no one ever gets sick at my house. I think many of the food safety rules are bordering on hysteria.

Diane, Denver, CO

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 5:09pm



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