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    Corey Richardson Guest

    Default Medium/Rare Burger Dangers

    Thinking about it, how many people *actually* die or get ill in the US
    from eating underdone burgers?

    Not that many, probably...

    Can you actually specify at US BK's, McDonalds that you want your burger
    rare?

    In the UK, they (the FSA) *demand* that burgers are only served well
    done.

    Or is it that UK beef not to be trusted?


  2. #2
    Cheryl Guest

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    On Wed 16 Jul 2008 08:56:27p, Corey Richardson wrote in
    rec.food.cooking
    <news:[email protected] >:

    > Thinking about it, how many people *actually* die or get ill in
    > the US from eating underdone burgers?
    >
    > Not that many, probably...
    >
    > Can you actually specify at US BK's, McDonalds that you want
    > your burger rare?
    >
    > In the UK, they (the FSA) *demand* that burgers are only served
    > well done.
    >
    > Or is it that UK beef not to be trusted?
    >
    >


    AFAIK you can't specify doneness of burgers in fast food places in
    the US. I always specify med-rare in burger restaurants, though.
    Rare is just too rare for burgers because they never get it right.
    I do like steaks rare and just barely warm in the middle. Yum. I'm
    getting hungry now though I had a nice lunch out and planned not to
    eat dinner tonight. More fodder for any food snobs; it was Red
    Lobster(tm) and grilled garlic shrimp and steamed snow crab legs
    (cooked perfectly), nice baked potato and a salad. And a Heineken.
    Wonderful company of my parents, whom I rarely have time to out to
    eat with these days. ) My dad is looking thin and mom says he
    barely eats but he got the shrimp fettacini alfrado. Yes, my
    spelling sucks. Mom got bacon-wrapped scallops and grilled
    barbequed shrimp.

    --
    Cheryl



  3. #3
    Steve Pope Guest

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    Corey Richardson <KB^[email protected]`R> wrote:

    >Can you actually specify at US BK's, McDonalds that you want your burger
    >rare?


    Not sure; I don't eat at those places, but in slightly nicer
    burger chains you can certainly order a rare burger.

    >In the UK, they (the FSA) *demand* that burgers are only served well
    >done.


    I think the larger issue here is that Americans often tolerate
    public health problems that would cause widespread alarm elsewhere
    in the world. In the UK diseases like rabies and plague have
    been eradicated; not so in the US.

    When in London earlier this year, I noticed some taxis had
    painted on their doors: "Warning; you may contract bubonic
    plague by riding in this vehicle". This was of course intended
    as a joke, a reference to the tourist value of the UK's
    long ago history with plague. However in the US people still
    catch bubonic plague, and there are frequently plague warning signs
    up on hiking trails and in camping spots, so the idea of a fake,
    joke plague warning I found a bit unsettling.

    Steve

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    Bob Terwilliger Guest

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    Steve wrote:

    > I think the larger issue here is that Americans often tolerate
    > public health problems that would cause widespread alarm elsewhere
    > in the world. In the UK diseases like rabies and plague have
    > been eradicated; not so in the US.


    Not like those bastions of public health, Mexico and China.

    Bob

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    Sheldon Guest

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    Corey Richardson wrote:
    > Thinking about it, how many people *actually* die or get ill in the US
    > from eating underdone burgers?


    Millions get sick every day... however food poisoning is the most
    under reported illness there is.

    If you grind your own meat while adhering to proper food safety rules
    you can eat it as rare as you like, you can actually eat it uncooked
    with no risk whatsoever.

    Any preground mystery meat must be cooked pretty much medium well...
    however to be perfectly safe it really should be cooked well done, as
    in grey-dry.

    Anyone who eats preground mystery meat for any reason whatsoever is a
    certifiable imbecile... it's actually far safer to eat fresh roadkill.


  6. #6
    Shawn Hirn Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    Corey Richardson <KB^[email protected]`R> wrote:

    > Thinking about it, how many people *actually* die or get ill in the US
    > from eating underdone burgers?
    >
    > Not that many, probably...
    >
    > Can you actually specify at US BK's, McDonalds that you want your burger
    > rare?


    Not that I have ever seen, but considering how thin the average fast
    food burger is, I doubt its possible to even cook one at all without it
    getting fairly well done.

  7. #7
    [email protected] Guest

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    On Jul 17, 12:11 pm, Sheldon <PENMAR...@aol.com> wrote:

    >
    > .. it's actually far safer to eat fresh roadkill.


    As Larry said; " the 'Catch of the Day' on RT.89" (Well, he actually
    said I-89 but our UK cousins wouldn't know that goes through Vermont.)

    If you hit and kill a deer while driving, the game wardens (who must
    be notified to remove the carcass) will often donate the deer (if the
    internal organs haven't been mauled) to a needy family. That can
    amount to 75-125lbs of fresh venison.... Poor Bambi....

    Steve Kramer
    Chiang Mai, Thailand
    http://www.photoenvisions.com
    10 years minus one month and 4 days

  8. #8
    =?iso-8859-1?B?VEZNrg==?= Guest

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    "Steve Pope" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:g5mc17$q1j$[email protected]..
    > Corey Richardson <KB^[email protected]`R> wrote:
    >
    >>Can you actually specify at US BK's, McDonalds that you want your burger
    >>rare?

    >
    > Not sure; I don't eat at those places, but in slightly nicer
    > burger chains you can certainly order a rare burger.
    >
    >>In the UK, they (the FSA) *demand* that burgers are only served well
    >>done.

    >
    > I think the larger issue here is that Americans often tolerate
    > public health problems that would cause widespread alarm elsewhere
    > in the world. In the UK diseases like rabies and plague have
    > been eradicated; not so in the US.
    >
    > When in London earlier this year, I noticed some taxis had
    > painted on their doors: "Warning; you may contract bubonic
    > plague by riding in this vehicle". This was of course intended
    > as a joke, a reference to the tourist value of the UK's
    > long ago history with plague. However in the US people still
    > catch bubonic plague, and there are frequently plague warning signs
    > up on hiking trails and in camping spots, so the idea of a fake,
    > joke plague warning I found a bit unsettling.
    >
    > Steve


    Yes, we have pet rats and we are nearly consumed with the plague.

    TFM®


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    =?iso-8859-1?B?VEZNrg==?= Guest

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    "Sheldon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > Corey Richardson wrote:
    >> Thinking about it, how many people *actually* die or get ill in the US
    >> from eating underdone burgers?

    >
    > Millions get sick every day... however food poisoning is the most
    > under reported illness there is.
    >
    > If you grind your own meat while adhering to proper food safety rules
    > you can eat it as rare as you like, you can actually eat it uncooked
    > with no risk whatsoever.
    >
    > Any preground mystery meat must be cooked pretty much medium well...
    > however to be perfectly safe it really should be cooked well done, as
    > in grey-dry.
    >
    > Anyone who eats preground mystery meat for any reason whatsoever is a
    > certifiable imbecile... it's actually far safer to eat fresh roadkill.
    >


    I have done both and I find the fresh roadkill to be favorable.


    TFM®


  10. #10
    Matt Ferrari Guest

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    "Corey Richardson" <KB^[email protected]`R> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Thinking about it, how many people *actually* die or get ill in the US
    > from eating underdone burgers?
    >
    > Not that many, probably...
    >
    > Can you actually specify at US BK's, McDonalds that you want your burger
    > rare?
    >


    Just thought id mention that Denny's(at least the Denny's I go to) wont
    cook any burger med rare.
    My friend tried to order that way they cited health risk and declined. he
    had to order it medium.



  11. #11
    Shawn Hirn Guest

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    In article <dSBfk.16569$[email protected]>,
    "Matt Ferrari" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "Corey Richardson" <KB^[email protected]`R> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > > Thinking about it, how many people *actually* die or get ill in the US
    > > from eating underdone burgers?
    > >
    > > Not that many, probably...
    > >
    > > Can you actually specify at US BK's, McDonalds that you want your burger
    > > rare?
    > >

    >
    > Just thought id mention that Denny's(at least the Denny's I go to) wont
    > cook any burger med rare.
    > My friend tried to order that way they cited health risk and declined. he
    > had to order it medium.


    Denny's is not a fast food restaurant. Also, some states ban restaurants
    from serving hamburger cooked rare.

  12. #12
    Shawn Hirn Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Bob Terwilliger" <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz> wrote:

    > Steve wrote:
    >
    > > I think the larger issue here is that Americans often tolerate
    > > public health problems that would cause widespread alarm elsewhere
    > > in the world. In the UK diseases like rabies and plague have
    > > been eradicated; not so in the US.

    >
    > Not like those bastions of public health, Mexico and China.


    The UK is no paragon either, what with their Mad Cow disease.

  13. #13
    Andy Guest

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    Shawn Hirn said...

    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > "Bob Terwilliger" <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz> wrote:
    >
    >> Steve wrote:
    >>
    >> > I think the larger issue here is that Americans often tolerate
    >> > public health problems that would cause widespread alarm elsewhere
    >> > in the world. In the UK diseases like rabies and plague have
    >> > been eradicated; not so in the US.

    >>
    >> Not like those bastions of public health, Mexico and China.

    >
    > The UK is no paragon either, what with their Mad Cow disease.



    Plague in the US?!? What plague?!? No epidemic here that I know of.

    Andy
    Eating bloody rare buffalo. No problems.

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    Cindy Hamilton Guest

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    On Jul 17, 6:14*am, Andy <q> wrote:

    > Plague in the US?!? What plague?!? No epidemic here that I know of.


    Yersina pestis infections (usually contracted by contact with mouse
    feces)
    still occur, but with modern antibiotics we don't see epidemics of
    it. IIRC
    it's a problem mainly in the Southwest.

    Cindy Hamilton

  15. #15
    Scott Guest

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    Sheldon wrote:
    > Corey Richardson wrote:
    >> Thinking about it, how many people *actually* die or get ill in the US
    >> from eating underdone burgers?

    >
    > Millions get sick every day... however food poisoning is the most
    > under reported illness there is.
    >
    > If you grind your own meat while adhering to proper food safety rules
    > you can eat it as rare as you like, you can actually eat it uncooked
    > with no risk whatsoever.
    >
    > Any preground mystery meat must be cooked pretty much medium well...
    > however to be perfectly safe it really should be cooked well done, as
    > in grey-dry.
    >
    > Anyone who eats preground mystery meat for any reason whatsoever is a
    > certifiable imbecile... it's actually far safer to eat fresh roadkill.
    >


    I've been eating preground mystery meat almost everyday all my life and
    never gotten sick from it. So I guess that makes me a certifiable
    imbecile for never getting sick.

  16. #16
    Cindy Hamilton Guest

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    On Jul 16, 8:56*pm, Corey Richardson <KB...@EbP0V7K.s`R> wrote:
    > Thinking about it, how many people *actually* die or get ill in the US
    > from eating underdone burgers?


    Actually, we've just had a multi-state outbreak of E. coli. Here's
    some info:
    http://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/outbreaks.html
    Looks like no deaths this time...

    And, as someone else mentioned, a lot of cases go unreported.

    Cindy Hamilton

    > Not that many, probably...
    >
    > Can you actually specify at US BK's, McDonalds that you want your burger
    > rare?
    >
    > In the UK, they (the FSA) *demand* that burgers are only served well
    > done.
    >
    > Or is it that UK beef not to be trusted?



  17. #17
    Ms P Guest

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    "Cindy Hamilton" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    On Jul 17, 6:14 am, Andy <q> wrote:

    > Plague in the US?!? What plague?!? No epidemic here that I know of.


    Yersina pestis infections (usually contracted by contact with mouse
    feces)
    still occur, but with modern antibiotics we don't see epidemics of
    it. IIRC
    it's a problem mainly in the Southwest.

    Cindy Hamilton

    I think you might be confusing two diseases. The one that's usually
    contracted from mouse droppings and mostly in the southwest is hantavirus.
    The plague in the US is mainly in prairie dogs. The plagues, bubonic,
    pneumonic and septicemic are usually transmitted by fleas.

    Ms P


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    John Kane Guest

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    On Jul 17, 12:21*am, "st...@seatraveler.com" <SteveKram...@gmail.com>
    wrote:
    > On Jul 17, 12:11 pm, Sheldon <PENMAR...@aol.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > > .. it's actually far safer to eat fresh roadkill.

    >
    > As Larry said; " the 'Catch of the Day' on RT.89" * (Well, he actually
    > said I-89 but our UK cousins wouldn't know that goes through Vermont.)
    >
    > If you hit and kill a deer while driving, the game wardens (who must
    > be notified to remove the carcass) will often donate the deer (if the
    > internal organs haven't been mauled) to a needy family. That can
    > amount to 75-125lbs of fresh venison.... * Poor Bambi....



    Here if you hit it you get to keep it but you do need to report it.

    I suspect this has meant some increase in business for the autobody
    shops but the venision is usually pretty tasty.

    John Kane Kingston ON Canada

  19. #19
    Steve Pope Guest

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    Andy <q> wrote:

    >Plague in the US?!? What plague?!? No epidemic here that I know of.


    There are about 15 human cases per year in the Western U.S., most
    of which get officially reported resulting in an official
    national average of about 10 cases per year.

    Plague is endemic, or in some cases epidemic among some
    wild animal populations. The last true human epidemic
    was in southern California in the 1920's.

    A typical transmission scenario is someone decides it'd
    be cute to feed the squirrels running around their campsite.

    During the Toxic Shock scare, some cases of plague in
    women were mis-diagnosed as toxic shock, particularly
    in places like Lake Tahoe where plague is prevalent but some
    doctors decided there was a "cluster" of TSS among
    women in Tahoe.

    Steve

  20. #20
    Steve Pope Guest

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    Scott <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Sheldon wrote:


    >I've been eating preground mystery meat almost everyday all my life and
    >never gotten sick from it.


    Sample bias. If you had died, you wouldn't be here to
    post about it.

    Steve

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