When you pause in your day, as you might, to think about the ways that you could die, Salmonella poisoning might come up. It’s true.
Usually, however, it’s accompanied by visions of under-cooked KFC and old-style milkshakes made with raw eggs. At least in my head.
New studies and research developments, however, have found that this is mal-informed.
There are actually many possible sources of Salmonella poisoning that one could encounter, on any particular shopping trip.
What should you look out for? Well, gone are the days of simply fearing raw chicken feet: fruit, veggies, pot pies and popular sandwich spreads are all possible health criminals.
So, here we go. Stay safe, create new horror scenes in your head and stay informed.
Here are 8 things that could possibly give you deadly Salmonella poisoning:
1) Bagged Spinach
You’ve likely heard about this one. Recent news, though, is enforcing just how strong it is.
A report on BBC.com is stating that Salmonella has been found to grow especially well in bagged spinach.
Bagged salads in general can be a super hosting ground for dangerous bacteria.
Researcher Dr. Primrose Freestone of the University of Leicester said to BBC.com:
“”Juices that naturally leach from the leaves (in bagged salad) have the potential to increase the growth of any pathogen that might be present and establish them so strongly that washing wouldn’t be enough to eradicate them…Don’t be alarmed, we still eat bagged salad, but don’t keep bagged salad any longer than you need to, we normally buy it on the day we eat it.”
“Buy the bag with the best sell-by date, avoid lots of mushed leaves and if it’s inflated then don’t use it,” she advised.
Mushed, inflated bags of greens? Yes, sounds like a good thing to avoid.
2) Bean Sprouts
These springy-sprouty babies are a walking Salmonella time bomb.
How? According to amazingribs.com, (is this a reliable source for info on veggies?), Mike Doyle, the director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia once said: “I consider sprouts to be among the most risky foods sold at retail”.
Could be true. Since the FDA linked a Salmonella outbreak in 2014 to mung bean sprouts, I’d say ‘maybe’. The outbreak spread across 12 states and infected over 100 people.
Not that this was the first time bean sprouts have struck out, but here’s the evidence.
Here we go: the classics! Agree? Raw or under-cooked chicken is likely the most commonly thought of source for Salmonella poisoning.
Chickens who have the deadly bacteria in their system can pass it on to humans. Our advise? Follow the CDC’s advice for cooking it, and avoid dying young.
4) Eggs-Outside and Inside!
Eggs, how so? Well, it’s like this. The shell of an egg can bear traces of chicken poop, and this has been known to spread the big ‘S’.
That’s why in the 1970s, the CDC says that “stringent procedures” for cleaning and inspecting eggs before they got to the consumer, were implemented.
So things were safe for a while. But then, in the 1980s, a type of Salmonella that exists inside an egg, emerged.
To avoid being targeted by this nasty nastiness, these days it’s best to cook your eggs well, and avoid eating the runny, watery kind. Too bad, I know, but that’s an egg-safe life!
Of course, it’s not foolproof but doing this can decrease your chances of being infected and visiting the hospital.
5) Frozen Fruit
How many people love frozen berries in their smoothies? Everyone!
So, this one’s tough. Frozen fruits have been found to harbor Salmonella, and have been linked to outbreaks of Typhoid Fever in the U.S.
Even tomatoes are guilty.
7) Peanut Butter
Really? What is the world coming to?? Stewart Parnell, the owner of Peanut Corporation of America was given 17 years for shipping and selling contaminated peanut butter that killed Shirley Mae Almer of Minnesota.
Salmonella poisoning (and extreme corporate negligence) was the killer.
8) Even Frozen Pot Pies
Yes, and even frozen pot pies.
The verdict? Don’t go crazy people, but please read up and stay safe.