Garbage Can Cooking
Joe Marsh (Propwash@WHY.NET)
Sun, 24 Aug 1997 20:15:42 -0500
Garbage can cooking and your health:
As a Meat Department Manager in a grocery store I have to be
cerified as a food service Manager by the state of Texas and Tarrant Co. I
have been recertified three times and have learned that not only is the
galvinatation of a metal trash can dangerous when it comes in contact with
food, but most metal trash cans are also impregnated with pesticides. On
the surface it was a neat idea but maybe the ol' turkey in a paper bag might
be a better idea.
I really hate to bring this up but there was also an ending comment
in Bob Schornstein's posting that asked (had any bad hamburger yet?). I am
here to tell you that the Hudson Hamburger recall and the Burger King pledge
to not every buy any Hudson Hamburger products in the future is a response
to a media circus that they know they cannot win. I have seen the national
media "play ball" with this issue and nothing says, because it is in print
that it is fact. I really hate it when half truths become fact somehow.
E-Coli is a common bacteria and is easily killed with cooking. It is only
when the hamburger is less than done that there is a danger of illness. An
illness that in most cases causes stomach cramps and diarea, not death.
Normal healthy people are incovenienced not killed. Still looks bad in
print. They have said health rules have not changed since 1930 in this
country. Tell that to a health inspector who will spend 4 hours inspecting
your market and another hour explaining the inspection. This country has
the safes food distribution system in the world. Use normal common sense if
you take Meat products on a campout. Cook them until Red Meat is not even
pink. You do not have to burn it. An internal temperature of 160 degrees
for 10 minutes is done. Your hand can stand a temperature of about 130.
Every been burned by a campfire? It is proably over 160 by a good amount.
Washing your hands will do more for the health of the people eating your
food than anything else you can do.
Hopefully informative and not argumentative. Yours in Scouting,
I use to be a Buffalo
Land of Texas
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City