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Hungry 03-10-2009 01:50 AM

Food poisoning
 
From an E-mail I got tonight:

...Ed says that when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials
look for is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where those onions came
from. Ed says it's not the mayonnaise (as long as it's not homemade Mayo)
that spoils in the outdoors. It's probably the onions, and if not the
onions, it's the POTATOES.. He explained, onions are a huge magnet for
bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a
portion of a sliced onion. He says it's not even safe if you put it in a
zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator...

You can read the complete article at: snopes.com: Cut Onion Contamination

I also GOOGLED "Mullins Food Products" this is a very large company with branches all over the world.

I don't have the URL 000 Just GOOGLE Mullins Food Products.

Enjoy,

Seajaye 03-10-2009 01:57 AM

Thanks for sharing the info.

Andy M. 03-10-2009 05:30 AM

Reading the Snopes.com review of the story, they state that no evidence seems to point in the direction of onions being dangerous. They point to its high acidity levels which make them an unlikely source of bacteria growth.

mbasiszta 03-10-2009 07:22 AM

My take of the article is the same as Andy's. Old mayo has caused me many more problems than an old onion. Just my dos centavos.

mike in brooklyn 03-10-2009 07:44 AM

On a recent episode of America's Test Kitchen they
made potato salad and made a point that when
people get sick from potato salad on a hot day it
is the potato not the mayo that is the cause.

I would doubt onions are the likely cause - they contain so much
sulfur it would deter bacteria growth.

mbasiszta 03-10-2009 07:50 AM

Very interesting. Wonder if there is a Snope artiicle on this as well. I will have to have a look.

Andy M. 03-10-2009 08:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mbasiszta (Post 801277)
My take of the article is the same as Andy's. Old mayo has caused me many more problems than an old onion. Just my dos centavos.


I believe potatoes are the most likely culprit in this scenario. Both onion and mayo are too acidic to promote bacterial growth.

Michael in FtW 03-10-2009 08:39 AM

I wonder if this is the same Ed that keeps sending me letters telling me I've won a million dollars??? I find just about the same amount of truth in both cases ...

mbasiszta 03-10-2009 08:46 AM

Andy, I have always respected and tried to learn from your posts. But the lowly potato being the culprit when mayo is involved? Now you have challenged me to figure this out. (Well, if I remember it was something I wanted to do. :rofl:)

jennyema 03-10-2009 09:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mbasiszta (Post 801300)
Andy, I have always respected and tried to learn from your posts. But the lowly potato being the culprit when mayo is involved? Now you have challenged me to figure this out. (Well, if I remember it was something I wanted to do. :rofl:)

Mayo is laden with preservatives unless you made it yourself. It is generally not the cause of food poisoning.


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