It’s season time to avoid food poisoning – especially in them Midwest.
Health officials in Wisconsin This holiday season you are being warned against the consumption of raw meat, especially in the form of canned sandwiches, a favorite in raw Wisconsinites – usually beef – served on a piece of bread with raw onions.
“Tiger meat”, as it is called, is a holiday staple for many people in the state, but the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is urging people to cook their meat thoroughly.
“For many Wisconsin families, raw meat sandwiches are a holiday tradition, but eating raw meat is never recommended because of the bacteria in it. Ground beef should always be cooked to 160 degrees! The DHSA on Monday tweeted a word of food safety advice.
The department further explained on Facebook that cooked meat is also at risk of Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria.
Wisconsin has been warning of foodborne illness associated with cannibalistic sandwiches for years. More than a dozen cases of E. coli bacteria were confirmed among sandwich eaters in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are also reports of outbreaks in the state in the late 70s and early 90s. Associated Press report.
Still, not everyone seems to be concerned about the warning.
“So we should stop eating romaine lettuce? Every year those things are called to kill people, but I don’t see you warning all people not to eat them, ”one commenter challenged in a Facebook post.
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