Ditch these six items to avoid food poisoning


Ditch these six items to avoid food poisoning

Bill Marler, one of the world's leading food poisoning experts, has revealed the six items he refuses to eat.


Marler has spent 20 years advocating the cause of people sickened by E. coli, Salmonella and other foodborne illnesses.


Here is his list of six things he personally stays away from to avoid food poisoning.




Raw oysters

The Washington-based attorney explains he has handled more cases linked to shellfish in the past five years than in the two preceding decades. The warming waters are most likely causing the harmful spread of microbes.


Pre-cut or pre-washed fruits and vegetables

The more food is handled and processed, the higher the risk of contamination


Bean sprout

Apparently there have with more than 30 bacterial outbreaks of salmonella and E. coli over the last 20 years, mainly caused by the sprouting greens. Contamination is most likely to occur during germination process as the seeds are placed into warm water – an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.


Rare meat

According to the expert, meat needs to be cooked to 160 degrees Celsius throughout to kill bacteria that could cause E. coli or salmonella. Best is to order and cook a well-done steak.


Uncooked eggs

This includes anything from mayonnaise, mousse, ice cream and some alcoholic cocktails. However, it is important to note that getting food poisoning from uncooked eggs is a lot lower than two decades ago.


Unpasteurized milk and juices

According to Marler, raw beverages can cause food poisoning. “There's no benefit big enough to take away the risk of drinking products that can be made safe by pasteurization,” he says.


































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