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(Grist)   Of the 257 samples of ground turkey, "virtually every one was contaminated with either fecal bacteria, staph, or salmonella"   (grist.org) divider line 147
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2013-05-01 02:13:58 PM  
It would help if they didn't grind the turkey in a toilet bowl
 
2013-05-01 02:14:46 PM  
Serves em right for eating a turkey burger. Use real beef you losers!
 
2013-05-01 02:15:02 PM  
Any many peoples nasal passages are colonized with MRSA.

We do not live in a hermetically-sealed world. When we slaugher living things, there are contaminants -- wthey do theur best to keep them under safe leves, but 100% sterile food is not feasible. Why do you think we have immune systems? If we keep it from doing its jorb it wont be there when we need it most.
 
2013-05-01 02:15:12 PM  
Keep on f**king that chicken.
 
2013-05-01 02:15:26 PM  
I told em turkey burgers tasted like shiat.
 
2013-05-01 02:15:47 PM  
Hey it;s not easy to slaughter, prepare, and package a turkey in 46 seconds without something going wrong.
 
2013-05-01 02:16:00 PM  
That's why they should keep the turkeys elevated.
 
jvl
2013-05-01 02:16:16 PM  
I get all my health advice from axe-grinding environmentalist websites rather than my Doctor.
 
2013-05-01 02:16:43 PM  
There's a message here for the meat industry, too: Restricting agricultural use of antibiotics would have a big effect on meat safety.

Clearly this means we should dismantle the FDA because degregulation is best regulation.
 
2013-05-01 02:17:16 PM  
Well no kidding.  They found it on the ground.
 
2013-05-01 02:17:20 PM  
So Grist has moved from bashing the oil sands to certain food products, eh? Who's pocket are they in now? Fark  you Grist you corrupt, lying rag and fark you stubby for posting something from them.
 
2013-05-01 02:17:29 PM  
Turkey burgers taste like shiat.
 
2013-05-01 02:17:41 PM  
So you're saying I shouldn't be eating ground turkey raw anymore?  This is a shocking development!
 
2013-05-01 02:18:40 PM  
Who the fark would eat ground turkey?
 
2013-05-01 02:18:51 PM  
As someone who has substituted ground turkey for ground beef for a recipe in the last few months, I'm NOT getting a kick out of these replies...

The next time I was in the grocery store I compared the ground turkey with the 93/7 ground beef and it looked like the beef was "healthier" for you.  Was convinced that it's cool to just get the good beef instead of turkey...even more convinced after reading TFA.
 
2013-05-01 02:19:35 PM  

darth_badger: Turkey burgers taste like shiat.


Try adding ground raw bacon and chili powder then cooking them.
 
2013-05-01 02:19:36 PM  
The real issue is, I think, the grinding. All store-bought ground meat is pretty filthy, it's the law of averages. If you're buying a whole turkey, you might grab 1 in 1000 contaminated with e. coli. Now grind them all together for cost efficiency: you have 1000 contaminated turkeys.

Buy a freezer chest and stand mixer and grind your own. It'll be cheaper in the long term, too.
 
2013-05-01 02:20:09 PM  
Where do you think turkey gets its flavor? Maybe if they did this with chicken it wouldn't be so bland.
 
2013-05-01 02:21:06 PM  
Not sure about you, but lab grown meat is looking like a better alternative more and more. Frankenfood, but at least it won't be full of sh*t.
 
2013-05-01 02:21:12 PM  
Turkey burgers taste like shiat.
 
2013-05-01 02:21:38 PM  

vudukungfu: Who the fark would eat ground turkey?


Well, sky turkey is so damned hard to find.
 
2013-05-01 02:22:34 PM  
Proper cooking will reduce the risk to pretty much zero.
 
2013-05-01 02:23:42 PM  
This is why I grind meat at home. Cheaper, and I can control both quality and additives that way. (Plus, I can make a mean sage pork sausage.)
 
2013-05-01 02:23:57 PM  

CrazyCracka420: As someone who has substituted ground turkey for ground beef for a recipe in the last few months, I'm NOT getting a kick out of these replies...

The next time I was in the grocery store I compared the ground turkey with the 93/7 ground beef and it looked like the beef was "healthier" for you.  Was convinced that it's cool to just get the good beef instead of turkey...even more convinced after reading TFA.


As someone who taught a class teaching students to not blindly accept claims/headlines as truth and to dig deeper to figure out the actual truth, I got a kick out of your reply.  I took an entire quarter to teach students this one, I don't think I can help you in a single post.  The best I've got for you is:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/30/us-food-turkey-report-idUS BR E93T13720130430
 
2013-05-01 02:24:16 PM  
whew...i'm glad i only eat ground beef!
 
2013-05-01 02:24:36 PM  
Hi,

All I need in order to taste good is salt and pepper.

Love,
Beef

Ground turkey is vile. Now I have a reason to stop my girlfriend from trying to get me to cook with it.
 
2013-05-01 02:24:52 PM  

darth_badger: Turkey burgers taste like shiat.


Very much this. They're dry and crappy. My wife loves them but I can barely choke them down.

It's entirely possible that I'm cooking them wrong: what I do is grill them on the BBQ at max heat (which on this grill is I believe a reasonable temp) until the internal temp hits 165F. We buy pre-made fresh patties from QFC with spinach and feta in them. Suggestions, other than stop eating turkey burgers (which I would if I could).
 
2013-05-01 02:26:00 PM  

tortilla burger: There's a message here for the meat industry, too: Restricting agricultural use of antibiotics would have a big effect on meat safety.

Clearly this means we should dismantle the FDA because degregulation is best regulation.


Hey, there are republicans and conservatives all over the place that believe exactly this.

Why do you hate republicans and conservatives?
 
2013-05-01 02:26:06 PM  

berylman: Hey it;s not easy to slaughter, prepare, and package a turkey in 46 seconds without something going wrong.


I seriously gotta wait that long?
 
2013-05-01 02:26:25 PM  

Devolving_Spud: Proper cooking will reduce the risk to pretty much zero.


This. Same for ground beef. Amazing!
 
2013-05-01 02:27:01 PM  
And if I fully cook all poultry like I've always dones, all bacteria will be dead anyway so whoopdie farkin doo?
 
2013-05-01 02:27:21 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Keep on f**king that chicken.


How dare you malign our love with such a crude word!
 
2013-05-01 02:27:36 PM  
How many of the 257 samples were a threat after cooking? I'd bet close to zero.

/Is turkey sushi a thing? Turkey tartare?
 
2013-05-01 02:27:52 PM  
Scary article. I think from now on, I'm going to cook my turkey before I eat it.
 
2013-05-01 02:28:04 PM  
Ground turkey? Gross. Lean meats make terrible burgers.
 
2013-05-01 02:28:21 PM  

Jument: darth_badger: Turkey burgers taste like shiat.

Very much this. They're dry and crappy. My wife loves them but I can barely choke them down.

It's entirely possible that I'm cooking them wrong: what I do is grill them on the BBQ at max heat (which on this grill is I believe a reasonable temp) until the internal temp hits 165F. We buy pre-made fresh patties from QFC with spinach and feta in them. Suggestions, other than stop eating turkey burgers (which I would if I could).


I don't think you're cooking them wrong.  I'm in pretty much the exact same situation as you.  The whole reason girls prefer them and they are healthier is they are significantly less fatty.  Fat of course what makes meat juicy and delicious, see - bacon.  If you add lots of toppings (assuming you like them) it helps but they'll never be as good as beef.  Also, I always season ground turkey in everything because otherwise it has no farking flavor.  Lawry's seasoning salt is a good place to start.
 
2013-05-01 02:30:00 PM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: Ground turkey? Gross. Lean meats make terrible burgers.


Actually, I'll backtrack a bit, Bison burgers, if made medium or rarer are damn good. Ground turkey is still gross.
 
2013-05-01 02:30:53 PM  

MrBallou: Turkey burgers taste like shiat.




Not with bacon and cheese and a lot of mayo!!

/Why am I eating a turkey burger again?
 
2013-05-01 02:31:14 PM  

lohphat: Any many peoples nasal passages are colonized with MRSA.

We do not live in a hermetically-sealed world. When we slaugher living things, there are contaminants -- wthey do theur best to keep them under safe leves, but 100% sterile food is not feasible. Why do you think we have immune systems? If we keep it from doing its jorb it wont be there when we need it most.


They do their best..as long as their shareholders conclude they are profitable and make them a good a good dividend, all is fair. So what is a few people get sick?

Welcome to The Jungle. We got salmonella.
 
2013-05-01 02:32:12 PM  

Jument: darth_badger: Turkey burgers taste like shiat.

Very much this. They're dry and crappy. My wife loves them but I can barely choke them down.

It's entirely possible that I'm cooking them wrong: what I do is grill them on the BBQ at max heat (which on this grill is I believe a reasonable temp) until the internal temp hits 165F. We buy pre-made fresh patties from QFC with spinach and feta in them. Suggestions, other than stop eating turkey burgers (which I would if I could).


Try making them with chopped onion and/or other stuff like garlic in them.  If you do this yourself from ground, adding an egg helps to hold it together.  Also, don't cook on highest heat if you use egg cuz it burns like a mother.  If you cook them on lower temp or better yet, indirect heat, it will maybe help them stay juicier but take longer though.  Other option: pan fry in small amount of healthy oil like coconut, also not at highest temp (don't let the oil burn).  They stay juicier than on grill in my experience.  And then of course there's always the barbecue, sriracha, and/or spicy mustard options if they still come out dry.  Spicy mustard works very well with turkey burgers but then again, it's pretty awesome.
 
2013-05-01 02:32:27 PM  

Jument: darth_badger: Turkey burgers taste like shiat.

Very much this. They're dry and crappy. My wife loves them but I can barely choke them down.


You say the patties you're buying have cheese in them, but feta doesn't bring a lot of moisture to the party. Turkey has insufficient fat to grill into a tender, flavorful burger. I recommend making your own at home, which will likely prove cheaper for a little more effort. Add 2 tbs of avocado or extra virgin olive oil and a minced yellow onion for each pound of meat. That should give them a moisture and flavor boost without piling on calories.
 
2013-05-01 02:33:20 PM  

Devolving_Spud: Proper cooking will reduce the risk to pretty much zero.


pretty much this. no news here. cook your dead animals, you'll be fine.
 
2013-05-01 02:34:15 PM  

WorkingInParadise: How many of the 257 samples were a threat after cooking? I'd bet close to zero.

/Is turkey sushi a thing? Turkey tartare?


Sometimes I think about some weird things, like maybe someday salmonella being completely eradicated and it being possible to eat raw chicken or raw turkey.  Mid-rare duck is farking awesome (i've never eaten it rare or raw, but mr is safe).  Do you think you could eat raw chicken?
 
2013-05-01 02:34:27 PM  
The finance makes turkey burgers about once a week. They taste awesome. Her mix includes:

Beef buillion (beefy flavor with lean meat), chopped jalapenos, crushed red pepper flakes, soy sauce, garlic powder, fresh ground pepper, and a hint of cocoa powder.
 
2013-05-01 02:35:14 PM  

vudukungfu: Who the fark would eat ground turkey?


www.hooray-puree.com
 
2013-05-01 02:36:00 PM  

Jument: darth_badger: Turkey burgers taste like shiat.

Very much this. They're dry and crappy. My wife loves them but I can barely choke them down.

It's entirely possible that I'm cooking them wrong: what I do is grill them on the BBQ at max heat (which on this grill is I believe a reasonable temp) until the internal temp hits 165F. We buy pre-made fresh patties from QFC with spinach and feta in them. Suggestions, other than stop eating turkey burgers (which I would if I could).


Divorce?
 
2013-05-01 02:36:24 PM  
He said "Big Meat."
 
2013-05-01 02:37:26 PM  

jvl: I get all my health advice from axe-grinding environmentalist websites rather than my Doctor.


Or you could check out NPR. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/05/01/180045788/antibiotic-resi s tant-bugs-turn-up-again-in-turkey-meat

The problem is force feeding unnecessary antibiotics to livestock. This doesn't need to be a pro-beef circle jerk. The same thing can, and does, happen with ground beef. That doesn't mean that either are bad or that we shouldn't be eating them. It means that we need to save the antibiotics for when they're absolutely necessary.

Otherwise we need to get used to ordering all our meat products well done, and that's a scenario that I'm just not willing to accept.
 
2013-05-01 02:37:58 PM  
You mean contaminated like almost every human hand on the planet?
 
2013-05-01 02:40:38 PM  
This report from USDA came out a couple days ago.  Nothing too surprising, really.  I can't put my finger on it right now and don't have the time to look for it but didn't CDC report last year that more food-borne illnesses came from fruits and vegetables (especially spinach and lettuce) than from meats?  Kind of goes to what others have mentioned - the risk drops to negligible if the processed turkey proteins are properly cooked.
 
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