October 28, 2020

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Gross Food Neews: New Disposable Gloves Contain Feces and Pathogens

It's time to bring back Gross Food Neews, our look at issues and problems in the food industry that are, well, gross. The topic today is those disposable gloves food handlers use to prevent the spread of bacteria. And the startling finding that some of these new disposable gloves contain feces and bacteria. There have always been issues with the uses of these gloves. I have seen workers use the gloves while working the cash register and handling money, then going right back to handling food without changing their gloves. The point of the gloves is that you put on new ones when you complete a chore and go back to food handling. But now there's a new wrinkle. Microbial testing of new and unused microbial gloves, conducted by Eagle Protect PBC, has found that some new unused … [Read more...]

Year End Wrap Up of Gross Food News: The Neews in 2014

It’s the last Sunday of the month and the last Sunday of the year, so it’s time for a special year-end edition of The Neews,  our monthly feature of food stories that put the eew in news. Here are some highlights: In February, we shared the story of police in Anambra, Nigeria who shut down a hotel restaurant that had been serving human flesh, according to story in The Independent. Police, who discovered two bloodsoaked human heads wrapped in cellophane, two AK-47s, other weapons and a cache of cell phones at the restaurant, arrested the owner and 10 other people. Also in February, Steve Melendez shared his Ratopia Restaurant Map in Gothamist.  Using information from New York City’s health department, Melendez created a color-coded map that shows by zip code the percentage of restaurants … [Read more...]

Neews on a Stick, Special State Fair Edition of Gross Food Stories

It's a special state fair edition of The Neews, our monthly feature of food stories that put the eew in news. This month, we're ditching our standard fare of gross food stories for fair fare and a good cause. Mandy Colten of St. Paul, Minnesota pledged to eat everything served on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair to raise money for Make a Wish. She has a blog with photos of the foods she's tried and a Twitter account for her State Fair Food Challenge. The rules of the challenge were: the food must be on a stick and eaten in its entirety at the fair. There are over a 100 foods served on a stick at the 12-day festival which ends Labor Day. Colton started off with 15 or 16 items each day and tapered off to 10 or 12. She finished just minutes ago with a big corndog and a victory … [Read more...]

The Neews: Gross Food Safety Stories in the News

Too often food safety news is tragic, but sometimes it’s just plain gross. These are the “Neews” stories, the ones that, put the eew in news. Standard fare in this category are stories about prisoners making hootch in their toilets and stories where the concept of edible roadkill has been explored. But some stories set themselves apart. And we've decided to share them with you each month. To give you an idea of what you can expect in a Neews story, the headliners from 2011 would have been  1.- the revelation- on these very pages, that cherry or vanilla flavoring is derived from the anal glands of beavers and 2. that the mysterious Campylobacter outbreak among Wyoming shepherds was solved when authorities discovered the men were using their teeth, rather than surgical instruments, to … [Read more...]

Gross Food News Stadium Edition: Mold and Bugs With That Hot Dog?

Mold in the ice machines, cockroaches and mice poop in food preparation areas and blocked handwashing sinks are just some of the food safety violations routinely found at Kansas City's Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums, according to a report on ESPN's Outside the Lines. The report is based on information from the food manager of the stadiums, which are homes to the Royals and the Chiefs teams. Jon Costa is the district food safety manager for Aramark, a food service company that contracts with schools, businesses and 30 professional sports teams. The conditions at the stadiums are a "recipe for foodborne illness," he told ESPN. Costa said he spent months trying to get Aramark to reprimand employees as he was powerless to do so. He emailed his concerns with photos of food safety … [Read more...]

Gross Food News: Tapeworms Nearly Kill Man in China

This month's edition of The Neews, our monthly feature of food stories that put the eew in news is about a man in China whose love of raw foods nearly killed him. X-rays show that the body of the man, from Guangdong Province, was riddled with tapeworm courtesy of his steady intake of raw meat. You can get a tapeworm infection from eating any kind of raw or undercooked fish, pork or beef.  Infections associated with salmon have been mirroring the growth in popularity of sushi, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fish tapeworms, Diphyllobothrium latum, are the largest variety capable of reaching 30 feet in length. The worms can remain in the intestine or the larvae can penetrate the intestinal wall and travel to tissue throughout the body, as was the case for … [Read more...]

Serving Up Maggots and Other Gross Food Stories

A food poisoning outbreak sickened 150 inmates at Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson, MI who, in a scene right of the Shawshank Redemption, were served food crawling with maggots. Twice in one week. The outbreak leads this month's edition of the Neews, food safety stories that put the eew in news. The Parnall outbreak focussed attention on Philadelphia food service provider Aramak which has drawn fire from politicians and families of inmates for longstanding problems. Michigan Corrections Organization (MCO) union, SEIU Local 526M had been reporting problems with the company for weeks before the outbreak. One letter writer to Food Poisoning Bulletin who has a loved one at Parnall said the facility often serves the inmates rotten food and runs out of food at mealtimes. Mark Schauer … [Read more...]

Sewage on the Restaurant Kitchen Floor and Other Gross Food News

If you had to make a list of things you wouldn't want to see in a restaurant kitchen, it's a good bet that some of them are included in this month's edition of the Neews, food safety stories that put the eew in news, including one contender that may not have initially sprung to mind: sewage. Sewage coming up through the floor drains was one of the 53 food safety violations that health inspectors found at China Pearl in St Peterburg, Fla., according to WTSP News. Other violations included: employees not washing their hands and touching ready-to-eat foods when not wearing gloves, a stench wafting from the restroom, temperature violations, food in the handwashing sink, uncovered bins of food on the floor, and more than 300 rodent droppings. Inspectors made a visit to the restaurant … [Read more...]

Maggots in the Meat Case and Other Gross Food Safety Stories

Maggots in the meat case at a California Whole Foods store in Noe Valley is the news story that takes the top spot in this month's edition of the Neews, food safety stories that put the eew in news. A meat clerk, Marc Melancon,  told KRON-4 news that there were 40 maggots in meat case when he arrived at about 2 pm on a Monday but the problem wasn't addressed until after the store closed that night. “It was pretty bad,” Melancon told the station. I could “actually see maggots underneath the plastic right near the meat that I was selling inside the case.”   Store management told the San Francisco health department that only one dead maggot had been found, that it was not in contact with the meat and that the case was cleaned Monday, Tuesday and Friday, according to the news report. … [Read more...]

Workers Take Cheese Bath and Other Gross Food News

Workers at a cheese factory in Russia who took off most of their clothes and hopped in a tub of warm raw milk used to make cheese earn the top spot in this month's edition of the Neews, food safety stories that put the eew in news. Workers at a cheese factory in the Siberian city of Omsk that specializes in making string cheese say they decided to take a group milk bath on New Year's Eve in celebration of a birthday. Groups of four and five men frolicked bare-chested in the milk, snapping photos of themselves. In one picture, a man holds up his wet shorts while friends smile. Word of the food safety breach got out when one of the workers posted a picture on a social media site with the caption  "Yeah, our job is pretty boring."  A YouTube video made at the same factory shows less … [Read more...]

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