Which of the following foods is risky to eat raw?

And the answer: eggs.
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One in 20,000 eggs are contaminated with salmonella, so despite what you may have seen in a famous movie about boxing, it can be quite risky to consume raw eggs. It is, however, safer to consume raw eggs that have been pasteurized.

It may be a tough pill to swallow, but yes, eating cake batter really can give you salmonella. And it’s not just that—did you know that foods such as elderberries, potatoes, brussel sprouts, and even honey can cause gastrointestinal issues if not prepared properly? The world of food safety may seem a tad confusing at first glance, but the CDC reminds us that small efforts can go a long way. And, considering that over 200 diseases can be spread through food alone, it’s never a bad time to practice and learn about food safety.

Interestingly, concerns have been raised about food-safety practices—especially on matters surrounding food preservation—since ancient times. Indian philosopher and economist Chanakya mentioned “food adulteration” in his works dating as far back at 375 BCE, while the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks, and Romans were among the first to preserve food materials by sun-drying and smoking food products.

Did you know?

December is Worldwide Food Service Safety Month! This annual designation gives us the opportunity to revisit food standards in the food service industry, and consider their impact on our health and well-being. There’s nothing better than sharing a meal with your loved ones this holiday season, and thankfully the CDC provides many tools to help keep you safe. Learn more about Worldwide Food Service Safety Month here.


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