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Old 12-03-2007, 04:25 AM   #21
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Very true, BT...lol, but I know in Joisey, that can be an "out of sight, out of mind" thing.

90+% of all Food Borne Illnesses can be prevented by, 1= washing hands, and 2=basic sanitary measures.

Treat equipment like your hands: if you use them in ANY food preparation, wash the darn thing.
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Old 12-03-2007, 10:31 AM   #22
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Bingo, most people never think to soak and clean with a brush the wheels on a can opener especially after opening cans of meat like tuna.Have you ever seen the crud that can build up on one of those?
You'd think there would be much more food poisoning in this country if that were really an issue. I'm not disagreeing that people never think to clean it - I sure don't, in fact I don't like to get it wet because it gets rusty. But if it's so bad, there should be a lot more cases of food poisoning.
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Old 12-03-2007, 10:47 AM   #23
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You'd think there would be much more food poisoning in this country if that were really an issue. I'm not disagreeing that people never think to clean it - I sure don't, in fact I don't like to get it wet because it gets rusty. But if it's so bad, there should be a lot more cases of food poisoning.
Food poisoning doesn't have to be full-blown hanging your head in the toilet for 6 hours. It can come in the form of a milder upset tummy, which you really don't know the reason for and don't think much about because it was "just one time". It can also be as simply as a bacteria entering our digestive tract and hanging out for a couple days while we assume we've gotten a contagious "bug".

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Old 12-03-2007, 11:34 AM   #24
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Kitchenelf that is exactly what I came in here to post.

When you have an upset stomach, that can be food poisoning. Got a headache? It could be food poisoning. Many people say "I have done xyz and never had food poisoning in my life". the truth is they do not know that.
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Old 12-03-2007, 11:42 AM   #25
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Mine goes in the dishwasher after every use.
Mine too.....


Also, I haven't mentioned it here but I got what the doctor told me was probably eColi in October.

Symptoms started on the golf course during a tournament. It was horrid and embarassing. I'm pretty careful in the kitchen, a frequent hand washer and Purell-er. I probably got it from eating out. Or possibly from bagged salad that I had washed.

Even if you take precautions you can get sick, but taking precautions is so easy that IMO there is absolutely no reason not to make it a habit.
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Old 12-03-2007, 11:52 AM   #26
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Kitchenelf that is exactly what I came in here to post.

When you have an upset stomach, that can be food poisoning. Got a headache? It could be food poisoning. Many people say "I have done xyz and never had food poisoning in my life". the truth is they do not know that.

My favorite is the "stomach flu".
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I must be Really paranoid then, I even wipe the Can before opening it!

you just Never know who`s had their mits on it or where it`s been stored etc...
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Old 12-03-2007, 12:04 PM   #28
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The can opener can look pretty sketchy, especially a commercially used Edlund "hand jammer" can opener. For those in a restaurant setting, you know exactly of what i speak...and for my experience, the health inspectors LOVE to get you on the can opener.

A home based can opener deserves the same amount of attention to detail as any other tool. Clean as you go, if you use it, WASH IT.
Totally agree! Anytime I've been through a health inspection the can opener is one of the first things the inspector looks at. It should be sanitized with every use.
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I must be Really paranoid then, I even wipe the Can before opening it!

you just Never know who`s had their mits on it or where it`s been stored etc...

I do that too.
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Old 12-03-2007, 01:00 PM   #30
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I must be Really paranoid then, I even wipe the Can before opening it!

you just Never know who`s had their mits on it or where it`s been stored etc...
I always do that as well. Even if it is just to wash the dust off so that doesn't go into my food.
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