Last year, when it became clear that millions of blueberry ice cream might be contaminated with Listeria-threatening bacteria, social media was quick to fill the void. At night, most store shelves were empty of this popular ice cream. This was very strange because most people consider ice cream as a healthy food. Poisoning through alfalfa sprouts, raw eggs or chicken can be understood, but ice cream poisoning seemed irrational. Of course, this is a real tragedy in which there will be no doubt. Some packaged foods may contain harmful and life-threatening bacteria. In this article, we are going to introduce 6 strange foods that can be at risk of food poisoning.
Next time you go to the chain stores, do not stop at the caramel apple packages. Research shows that sweet litter can be the best source for the growth of disease-causing bacteria such as Listeria. This has surprised even the researchers themselves. Because they thought apples had acidic properties and their caramel coating could prevent the growth of bacteria. But as scientists have discovered, putting a thick layer on an apple only creates more sweetness on it and prepares the environment for harmful bacteria to grow. If you love sweets and can not tolerate them, use apples that are stored in the freezer or do not have a caramel coating.
It may be believable to get sick from fresh ingredients, but why should we get sick from eating frozen ingredients? Well, this is sad though it is true. An organic combination of frozen berries and pomegranate seeds in 2013 infected about 165 people with hepatitis A. Last year, about 31 people became infected through the consumption of frozen berries. Hepatitis A can contaminate food during production, so there is not much you can do about it. Of course, you have to keep in mind that there are millions of cans of frozen berries that are very unlikely to be contaminated.
It is very difficult to believe that potatoes can cause disease, but this delicious food, if eaten fried, can cause various diseases. Of course, most of these diseases are due to improper preparation, improper use or long-term storage of potatoes in non-frozen environment. There are still some solanine poisonings in this case. Solanine is a toxic substance that accumulates in the skin of potatoes when exposed to sunlight. Fortunately, this problem can be easily prevented. Potatoes that have a green color on their skin should not be used. If used, it is best to remove the green skin as much as possible.
Everyone loves to eat delicious cream cheeses like feta cheese. The only problem with soft cheeses is that most of them are unpasteurized and therefore likely contaminated with harmful bacteria such as Listeria. These harmful bacteria are killed during the pasteurization process. In the last 5 years, unpasteurized cheeses have caused various diseases. There is an easy solution to prevent this problem. The best and easiest way is to read the packaging carefully when buying and look for the pasteurized label.
Cucumber with thick skin and fast growth ability does not seem to be a source of harmful bacteria. But over the past three years alone, this delicious ingredient in salads has been able to cause the spread of Salmonella. In 2015, about 165 people went to the hospital due to cucumber consumption, and 4 of them lost their lives. It is better to always wash the cucumber carefully and avoid eating cucumbers sitting down. Remember to avoid eating with the skin of non-organic cucumbers.
The lesson to be learned from Blue Bell ice creams is that although they are delicious, they are not immune to the growth of various bacteria. Of course, Blue Bell ice cream was not the only brand that faced this problem. In 2013, this problem also occurred in a homemade ice cream. Unfortunately, you can not do much about this. Bacteria in ice cream may enter through contaminated ingredients or during production. Of course, you have to keep in mind that millions or maybe billions of ice creams are produced around the world every year, and not all of them are contaminated.