How To Never Get Food Poisoning Again


Food poisoning is rough…I think we all can attest to that. In lieu of the recent Blue Bell recall, it’s important to know what foods are potentially risky.


1. Berries


Remember the Hepatitis A in berries recall? Always make sure to wash your berries. Don’t skip this step, even if you buy the berries frozen.


2. Lettuce


According to the CDC, there were 8,836 reported cases of foodborne illness between 1998 and 2008 that were due to consumption of leafy greens. In case your lettuce is dangerous, make sure to thoroughly wash it before you add it to your salad.


3. Meat


You probably saw this one coming. Chicken, not beef, is the most common cause of meat-related foodborne illness. Don’t wash the chicken before you cook it because it will just put all the bacteria all over your sink. Follow these tips when cooking meat.


4. Raw Eggs


I know how tasty cookie dough is, but when it has raw eggs in it, you run the risk of ingesting Salmonella, which is associated with raw eggs. Choose scrambled eggs over sunny side, and eat your cookies once they’re out of the oven.


5. Sprouts


Not only do sprouts grow in warm, wet conditions, but they are very difficult to clean. In fact, it is recommended that the elderly, young children and those with weakened immune systems or those who are pregnant just stay away from sprouts. If you just have to eat them, however, sauté them first.

Go here for a list of outbreak investigations by year.

Written by Maia Vernacchia by Spoon University


Goodbye Henry’s Markets! Sprouts Farmers Market Surfaces From Merger

For those who have had to struggle with their natural-food-shopping choices, the choice will soon be a little less taxing. Today serves as a big day in the natural food game, with heavyweights Sprouts Farmers Market and Henry’s Farmers Market announcing an agreement to combine their operations under the ownership and sponsorship of Apollo Management, one of the world’s leading private equity firms.

The Boney family has had their hands in both companies over the years, but the combined company will operate under the Sprouts Farmers Market name and will be one of the largest players in the fast-growing “farmers market” arena. The transaction between the two companies is expected to close early in the second quarter 2011. The combined company plans to open up 10 additional new stores during 2011, along with their standing 98 stores and more than 7,000 employees.


Scanwich: Falafel Burger

My Middle Eastern ancestors would be proud of this scanwich. Instead of the normal falafel sandwich that includes pita bread, this scanwich includes two pieces of whole wheat bread, a falafel patty, tomatoes, onions, sprouts, cucumbers, and tahini! For the followers that aren’t familiar with these foreign ingredients, falafel is basically a fried ball of mashed chickpeas which is usually garnished with tahini, a sesame seed based paste. Vegetarian love? (Thx SW)


Craving: Diet Debacle Sandwich


Dieting is one of the most interesting and psychological topics that can possibly be discussed in the food realm. Everyone has something that works for them (or doesn’t work). That’s why this sandwich is so illuminating, it subsequently represents the normal dieters struggles in the form of a sandwich. Ever work really hard one day, only to screw it up at night, or on a weekend by going out, getting shitfaced, and doing a late night donut/mexican food/burger run? Or do you know someone who thinks eating a salad is healthier than a cheeseburger, even if they drench it with ranch dressing, cheese and bacon bits? We’ve all been there, or know someone who has. (PicThx Insanewiches)


Scanwich: Cappy Ham

‘A sandwich full of cappy ham, muenster cheese, sprouts, carrots, mustard and mayo on wheat toast’


Scanwiches: D&D Deli Turkey & Swiss

D&D Deli: Turkey, Swiss, Sprouts, Tomato, Mustard, Mayo, On whole wheat toast.