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Old 03-27-2008, 08:39 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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The problem here is that the whole "study" wasn't very scientific.

Did they ask for an uncut lemon from each restaurant for use as a control? (The uncut lemon would be tested "as-is" in order to determine whether the restaurant staff or the lemons themselves were contaminated.)

What sort of containers are cut lemons stored in? (The use of a plastic bin surrounded by ice versus leaving the fruit out in the open at room temperature could have some degree of influence over the bacterial content.)

It seems to me that articles such as this do little more than gross some of us out, and yet there are no real attempts to find the cause. That doesn't diminish their use, but it does call into question their importance.

My two cents...

--Dim
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:13 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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If I can't see it, it doesn't count. I love lemon in my tea or water. I'm one of those who will salt the sh*t out of a lemon after I'm done with my drink and chew away. I've never gotten sick from eating one, so I have no intention of stopping now.
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:20 AM
 
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The problem here is that the whole "study" wasn't very scientific.

Did they ask for an uncut lemon from each restaurant for use as a control? (The uncut lemon would be tested "as-is" in order to determine whether the restaurant staff or the lemons themselves were contaminated.)

What sort of containers are cut lemons stored in? (The use of a plastic bin surrounded by ice versus leaving the fruit out in the open at room temperature could have some degree of influence over the bacterial content.)

It seems to me that articles such as this do little more than gross some of us out, and yet there are no real attempts to find the cause. That doesn't diminish their use, but it does call into question their importance.

My two cents...

--Dim

And we are probably exposed to the same amount of the same (fecal) bacteria just about everywhere. So sure the server may have washed after the restroom, but that doesn't mean the door or sink handles are clean, nor any other surfaces touched on the way back to work. I think the 'gross' factor is the issue here!

Keep in mind that they are talking about fecal bacteria - found in the intestinal tracts of humans....
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:50 AM
 
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Washing hands and using hand sanitizer is not THAT time-consuming if it means that I won't have crap on my lemon.
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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Ive always been suspicuous of the lemons....at places where you can get your own, by the drink stand. I squeeze the lemon juice into my drink sometimes scoop out the pulp. I always throw the rind away! Looks like my fears were justified!!
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:29 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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And we are probably exposed to the same amount of the same (fecal) bacteria just about everywhere. So sure the server may have washed after the restroom, but that doesn't mean the door or sink handles are clean, nor any other surfaces touched on the way back to work. I think the 'gross' factor is the issue here!

Keep in mind that they are talking about fecal bacteria - found in the intestinal tracts of humans....
I admit that the thought of it is disgusting, but what they neglected to mention was the actual concentration of bacteria. How much was on each sample, and how much can make the average human sick?

Take a look at some articles referring to the amount of bacteria on a typical cell phone earpiece. One research effort found that the amount is higher than a port-a-potty. Now that's disgusting!

--Dim
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Smalltown, USA
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Ive always been suspicuous of the lemons....at places where you can get your own, by the drink stand. I squeeze the lemon juice into my drink sometimes scoop out the pulp. I always throw the rind away! Looks like my fears were justified!!
I have always done the EXACT same thing, on ALL lemons from restraunts, whether they be by the drink stand or brought to me on my glass.

One more thing.......... ALWAYS use a straw (unless it is a paper cup).
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:54 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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So.......Who wants to go out to eat?
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Old 03-27-2008, 03:57 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Is that not the GROSSEST thing they could run on TV or what????

I still love my lemon and lime in my water & tea...but think I might just buy one of those "plastic" lemons and limes that is 100% pure juice and just lug it in my purse to add....but then again, I have not died yet!

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Old 03-27-2008, 03:59 PM
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Location: Georgia
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Default related anecdote

I was at a nationally known chain establishment at the 410/151 plaza today and told the server that I'd have just a glass of water, with lemon - but only if they had been washed first.

I got plain water.
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