"Can consumers prevent cross-contamination by simply following directions on a package of ground beef?"They conducted this experiment:
Their answer: No.
Consumers cannot prevent cross-contamination by following directions on a package of ground beef.
Those instructions ...
Safe handling Instructions:
- Thaw in refrigerator or microwave.
- Keep raw meat and poultry separate from other foods.
- Wash working surfaces, including cutting boards, utensils and hands after touching raw meat or poultry.
"Unlike other food-borne pathogens, E. coli O157:H7 has no margin for error. It takes only a microscopic amount to cause serious illness or even death."Another way of saying that, "100,000 fit on the head of a pin; only 10 needed to kill".
- FDA Consumer Magazine, September-October 1998
This was a tasty morsel in the above video: E. coli left on surfaces "double in number every 45 minutes."
If it's true, as the meat industry says, that the reason consumers get sick and in some cases lose their lives, is because of their (consumers) own negligence, what additional precautions do they suggest consumers take? How are we to eradicate every last invisible microscopic E. coli 0157:H7 that is increasingly finding its way into our food?