A backlash against the CDC’s tweet about washing chicken prompted the agency to tweet again: “We didn’t mean to get you all hot about not washing your chicken! But it’s true: kill germs by cooking chicken thoroughly, not washing it.”
The risk comes from two sources. The first — and main — risk is the raw eggs, which can contain salmonella bacteria. The second is the flour, which also can contain illness-producing bacteria.
So far, Minnesota appears to have eluded this particular outbreak of E. coli. But the state typically has 160 to 220 cases of E. coli 0157 each year, according to the state Department of Health.
We’re putting ourselves and our families and guests at risk of contracting potentially serious food-borne illness, such as salmonella, norovirus and E. coli, the report says.
The FDA is responsible for recalling almost all harmful foods, including processed foods, from stores and food service locations.
“Flour is derived from a grain that comes directly from the field and typically is not treated to kill bacteria,” explains Leslie Smoot, a food safety specialist at the FDA.
Another thing: Don’t count on the acid or alcohol in a drink to take care of the contamination.
California experienced a surge in wild mushrooms poisonings last December — poisonings that left three people in need of liver transplants and a toddler with permanent brain damage.
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