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Old 02-21-2008, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Just 0.05 percent of U.S. beef is tested for deadly bacteria.

It's a Friday night in Missoula, Montana, when my buddy Eric and I walk into the Oxford Café. We make our way through the usual crowd of gamblers, pool players, drinkers, and drunks, and take a seat against the far wall. The waitress looks weary, and we look like work to her. "What'll you have?" she asks. Eric orders a hamburger. I point at the laminated menu and order scrambled eggs and brains, nicknamed "He Needs 'Em."



Why our burgers still aren’t safe - Diet and nutrition - MSNBC.com
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Old 02-22-2008, 04:14 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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I'll take my chances ! I have 40 years disease-free so far and I am more worried about crossing the road . It's statistically far more dangerous.

I tend to only order burgers from good restaurants anyway where I can ask for provenance and where I believe hygiene standards are high. When I don't then "que sera, sera" !

I don't want to live my life terrified of everything which may hurt me. A modicum of risk is part of life IMO. I don't want to live in a bubble. Once you start looking at your food a bit too closely, especially nowadays you would start cutting out most things including eggs ( salmonella) vegetables ( all those pesticides)and most meats , fish and seafood.
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Old 02-22-2008, 04:16 AM
 
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Well I can get E.Coli from spinach and salmonella from peanut butter, so why the hell not? Yeah, I'm gonna eat that burger.
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Old 02-22-2008, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Well I can get E.Coli from spinach and salmonella from peanut butter, so why the hell not? Yeah, I'm gonna eat that burger.

Peanut butter ? Is nothing sacred ?!
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Old 02-22-2008, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I'm not afraid of food, either, although I tend not to eat burgers all that often. It helps that I'm reasonably healthy and more than likely can fend off an onslaught of E. Coli.

However, it would be nice if the food industry, from tip to tail, policed itself a little more closely.

Shoot, now that I think about it, we used to grow/study/play with E. Coli in high school biology class!
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Old 02-22-2008, 03:48 PM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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The important thing, most of all, is that the meat has to be cooked. I'm sure they'll find whatever it is that's causing all those recalls sooner or later. By the way, isn't it funny how you hear when something is good for you one day and bad for you the next?? And that's no matter what it is. And, for that matter, the next food that gets tainted with this and that.
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Old 02-22-2008, 09:13 PM
 
Location: friendswood texas
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Yep I will still eat the occasional burger. I figure I drink enough coke so any germs making their way to my stomach will die instantly. (If coke can take rust off what measly little germ is going to stand up to it LOL)
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Old 02-23-2008, 01:41 AM
 
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Yeah, I just soak my patties in Coca-Cola to kill the E.Coli before I cook. Then if I want a rare burger I can have one.

And yes, Mooseketeer, there was a massive peanut butter recall last year for salmonella.
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