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(LA Weekly)   Restaurants are out to kill you. More at noon, six pm and eleven   (laweekly.com) divider line 12
    More: Scary, E. coli O157, CSPI, food poisoning, flu pandemics, Center for Science  
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2014-04-10 05:57:47 PM  
We're all gonna die! :O
 
2014-04-10 06:01:00 PM  
yeah, I'm the only person I know who's gotten food poisoning at home, this wold have been news like 40-50 years ago, but I'm pretty sure most of us have known more people to get food poisoning when eating out... I also know it doesn't really happen that often.
 
2014-04-10 06:06:07 PM  
I'd like to think of myself as an intelligent and rational creature.  I'm a complete mess when it comes to food / spoilage / food poisoning.

If I'm cooking, I'm likely to overcook the crap out of something just in case.  I'll throw out any food that I'm uncertain about if it's been in the fridge more than say, 4 days.  There are exceptions to this, of course, but 4 days is my general limit.

If I'm eating out, I completely trust anything that's put in front of me.

No, this makes no sense.

/thanks a lot, 7th grade home ec.
//all we did was learn about botulism.
 
2014-04-10 06:07:38 PM  
Congress, in turn, has been unwilling to provide sufficient funds for the FDA to bring the reform law into full effect

Was the FDA one of the agencies Rick Perry wanted to oops?
 
2014-04-10 06:09:57 PM  
What about breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies?
 
2014-04-10 06:10:48 PM  
True at my house because my wife overcooks everything
 
2014-04-10 06:38:34 PM  
Having seen Kitchen Nightmares, Restaurant Impossible, Bar Rescue, etc. I can totally believe this. So many disgusting kitchens and health code violations.
 
2014-04-10 06:39:45 PM  
FTA: They found that more than 1,610 outbreaks in restaurants were responsible for sickening over 28,000 people, compared to 893 outbreaks sickening roughly 13,000 people in private homes.

So... private home outbreaks sicken an average of over 14 people? That's quite something. It makes me wonder if something is messing with the data: some very large dinner parties sickening dozens or hundreds, while somebody chopping the salad with the same knife they cut the chicken, and doing in just themselves and a spouse or child, doesn't get reported at all.
 
2014-04-10 06:48:41 PM  
It makes sense.  Capitan-Obvious-level sense.  A restaurant is preparing hundreds of meals every day with tons of different meats, dairy, etc.  In a kitchen not *that* much larger than a home kitchen.  Even the cleanest places, with spotless health code records, are going to someday hire an idiot line cook who farks something up and cross-contaminates.

Most line cooks in good restaurants know their stuff... but there are certainly idiots out there.  And you won't know until they cause a problem.

/I still eat out more often than not
 
2014-04-10 07:05:33 PM  
People will always blame a restaurant. They don't wash their hands, eat food that fell on their kitchen floor where the dog scratches his ass, don't have the fridge temperature set right, etc. But when they get ill they'll always tell the doc it was the McDonalds they ate.
 
2014-04-10 07:44:41 PM  

tennyson: FTA: They found that more than 1,610 outbreaks in restaurants were responsible for sickening over 28,000 people, compared to 893 outbreaks sickening roughly 13,000 people in private homes.

So... private home outbreaks sicken an average of over 14 people? That's quite something. It makes me wonder if something is messing with the data: some very large dinner parties sickening dozens or hundreds, while somebody chopping the salad with the same knife they cut the chicken, and doing in just themselves and a spouse or child, doesn't get reported at all.


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2014-04-11 12:06:04 AM  

Russ1642: People will always blame a restaurant. They don't wash their hands, eat food that fell on their kitchen floor where the dog scratches his ass, don't have the fridge temperature set right, etc. But when they get ill they'll always tell the doc it was the McDonalds they ate.


In Portland we mostly blame Subway and burrito carts.

Also, I wanted to disagree with the headline.  Last time I got food poisoning (dented cans of chili that I didn't realize were 3 years expired until after I ate) I would have gone with, "More at noon, 12:04, 12:06, 12:11, 12:14, 12:19, 12:22..."
 
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