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Old 09-24-2013, 08:02 AM   #31
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It's interesting to note that the radiation they were talking about was gama radiation. It's high energy photons moving at a precise frequency. As they pass through living organisms, if strong enough, they kill that organism. But they are photons, simply passing through, just like ultra-violet, or infra-red radiaton. There is no residue left that can radiate us.

When someone is working in a nuclear facility, the danger is that there may be radio-active dust particles on their clothing or skin. This dust will continue to bombard its surroundings with dangerous radiation that can injure us at the cellular level.

The difference, gamma radiation passes through, destroying things as it goes, and leaves no radioactive elements behind. Like xrays, once the emitter is turned off, there is no danger. Radioactive materials continue to emit dangerous radiation from the residual elemental particles that are still present.

Gamma radiation, IMO, would have been a good way to make foods shelf stable.

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Old 09-24-2013, 08:09 AM   #32
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Not to mention its effect on man in the moon marigolds.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:58 AM   #33
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The 71 was food bourne tapeworm or all cases ?


At any rate , 71 cases out of 60 million people is a pretty safe bet.
Not if you're one of the 71.
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:05 AM   #34
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Not if you're one of the 71.
True enough.

But's its about the same liklihood as being struck by lightening.

And, as pointed out above, tapeworm risk is pretty much limited to raw and very under meat.
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:09 AM   #35
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When I go out with friends for our Wednesday night dinners, one friend and I occasionally order the burger. She orders hers rare and I order mine medium-well, so it's juicy but cooked through. I can tell in an instant when I taste it if the center is underdone. I don't like the texture. But I will take my steak a lovely medium-rare, please.
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:28 PM   #36
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All of this fuss with med-rare beef started with Jack In The Box and their undercooked burgers. Then the Mad Cow jumped on the band wagon. MR is fine with me. As long as it isn't shoe leather.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:36 PM   #37
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Med. rare is the way to go. And when I grind meat myself, I can even go rare. Today for dinner I simply had raw meat, ok it was marinaded overnight. I cooked for everybody else, mine was perfect as is.
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:38 PM   #38
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OK, the logic goes like this:

A solid piece of meat can be contaminated but any contamination would be only on the surface. So if you cook a steak, the surface temps are high enough to eliminate any danger. You can leave the interior rare or medium rare with no risk.

If that piece of meat is ground for you, any surface contamination is mixed into the entire mass of ground meat so you have to cook all of it to a safe temperature.

Some have said they grind their own burger meat to be safe, but that assumes the piece of meat you bring home to grind in your kitchen isn't contaminated to begin with.

So you say that's why you buy your meat from a local butcher who has a good reputation and proper meat handling practices.

Where did he get that meat?
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I do not buy from a store or the butcher. I get meat thru the manufacturer.
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I do not buy from a store or the butcher. I get meat thru the manufacturer.
You have a cow in your back yard?
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