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Old 06-27-2016, 10:28 AM   #21
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Dirt is one thing, Salmonella is completely different. Till your in the bathroom for 2 days and hospitalized for 3 more you really can't appreciate what can happen from eating a little "dirt".

Eating a little Salmonella doesn't build up a resistance or make you stronger. But if you like to try please post your results.
And that's what worries me about this condensation issue. Some of the worst cases of food poisoning come from "drip drip" kind of issues. One that comes to mind is the peanut butter salmonella outbreak due to a leaky roof.

I made a bit of light of the dirty tongs and pee in the pool. But, yeah, you are right, salmonella is not to be messed with. Dripping water in a cooler, or storing chicken above vegetables are not to be messed with.

Still, we all have to live. I choose to not live in a cocoon. To each their own.
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Old 06-27-2016, 06:56 PM   #22
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If you see something, say something. Still, serious food poisoning is relatively rare - which is why it's such big news when it happens. The only way to stop the issues of food "bars" is to ban them. I don't think the cure is worth the disease.

Having said this, I inspect food bars and watch "behavior" before I partake. YMMV
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Still safer than what I see at some family picnic get togethers. Not that that is an endorsement.
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Still safer than what I see at some family picnic get togethers. Not that that is an endorsement.
Or the seat in the grocery cart, at the grocery store. That is where the kids in diapers sit, and most people put food on the seat if they do not have kids riding in the cart.
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Or the seat in the grocery cart, at the grocery store. That is where the kids in diapers sit, and most people put food on the seat if they do not have kids riding in the cart.
^This. I am not a big fan of buffets (the only time I *thought* I might have had food poisoning was after eating from a salad bar in Spain) but I will eat at them on occasion. Every one knows that lots of people get sick from eating stuff they buy and prepare themselves, right? I would guess that about 75% of personal kitchens would FAIL most health inspections.

And nasty? How about the table tray on an airplane (or ANY interior surface of an airplane/bus). Or the TV remote control in a hotel. Or ANY cell phone. Bottom line...the world is NASTY...so WASH YOUR HANDS!
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This is why they invented Clorox travel wipes, don't leave home without them!
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This is why they invented Clorox travel wipes, don't leave home without them!
We recently went on a 32 day cruise, and were really concerned about Noro Virus. When we were taken to our stateroom, the first thing we did was to spray the door handle. We then went into the room, and sprayed the telephone, remote control, drawer handles, and the entire bathroom. This may sound like overkill, but we did not come down with anything
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Or the seat in the grocery cart, at the grocery store. That is where the kids in diapers sit, and most people put food on the seat if they do not have kids riding in the cart.
Yup. I never put food in the grocery cart seat.
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OMG. I knew this thread would go off the deep end. You cannot live in bubble, well maybe you can try. I am more in the group that believes if it does not kill you it will make you stronger, except for bears, bears can kill you.
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We recently went on a 32 day cruise, and were really concerned about Noro Virus. When we were taken to our stateroom, the first thing we did was to spray the door handle. We then went into the room, and sprayed the telephone, remote control, drawer handles, and the entire bathroom. This may sound like overkill, but we did not come down with anything
I'm immuno-compromised so I have to be careful and diligent, and I am. I bring plenty of alcohol wipes every vacation, and go through this same ritual. I also wipe down the airplane tray, seat belt, light switch - anything that someone else likely touched. I use a napkin to hold the salt or ketchup, and last thing I do before I start to eat is use hand sanitizer.
I figure I am at least bettering my odds. FWIW, I have never gotten sick on (or afterward) our annual cruise vacation, or our hotel-style vacations.
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The "deep end" well there are quite a few things that won't actually kill you, however they might make you wish you were dead to put you out of your misery.

My DH is on a pretty decent dose of beta-blockers and a few days of bad stomach or food poisoning wouldn't be a good thing.

When I'm paying several hundred dollars a day to be on a nice travel trip you bet I'm am going to take a few simple precautions to stay well. I sure don't consider that "living in a bubble".
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