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10 things Food Safety Expert, Bill Marler, does not eat


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With 25 years of food litigation experience, I have been a part of every major foodborne illness outbreak. This is a list of what I refuse to eat.

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10 things Food Safety Expert, Bill Marler, does not eat

  1. 1. 10 things Bill Marler does not eat
  2. 2. Unpasteurized (“raw”) milk Raw milk directly from a cow can be infected with all types of bacteria. Some argue that milk loses nutrients during pasteurization, but this is patently false.
  3. 3. Raw juice Pasteurization is not dangerous – but raw beverages can be. Skipping pasteurization means increased risk of contamination by bacteria, viruses and parasites.
  4. 4. Raw sprouts are dangerous because of their growing process. The seeds are sprouted in standing water that can grow bacteria. There have been too many outbreaks to not pay attention to the risk of sprout contamination. Raw sprouts
  5. 5. Meat that isn’t well done Meat needs to be cooked to 160 degrees throughout to kill bacteria that could cause E. coli or Salmonella.
  6. 6. Prewashed or precut fruit The convenience is nice, but the more people handling and processing food means more chances for contamination.
  7. 7. Precut vegetables Vegetables, especially lettuce have been linked to outbreaks in the past. Most recently, almost 200 people have been infected with E. coli from romaine lettuce.
  8. 8. Raw or undercooked Eggs Raw or undercooked eggs can carry Salmonella. Although it is much safer now than in the ‘80s and ‘90s, it is not worth the risk.
  9. 9. Raw oysters and other raw shellfish Foodborne illness linked to shellfish has increased dramatically in the past five years because of global warming. Warmer water increases microbial growth, which ends up in filter feeders such as oysters.
  10. 10. Raw water Unfiltered water can contain animal feces, Giardia, and any number of bacteria. You never know what is up stream.
  11. 11. Uncooked flour Uncooked flour can spread bacteria such as E. coli. In 2015 and 2016, 56 people developed E. coli infections from eating uncooked flour.