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How do they clean out ice freezers at fast food restaurants?

How do they clean out ice freezers at fast food restaurants?

Not enough: Interesting question. While it might be state specific, health departments don't test ice for bacteria and fungus, and they only do a visual inspection. The requirement to pass is the ice machines must be maintained enough to be clean at sight and touch. Freezing does not necessarily kill organisms, and dangerous bacteria and fungi have been found in ice from restaurants. Bagged ice may be safer. ...Read more

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How long does salmonella live on a roll of foil? Baked chicken last week, touched foil, using same roll of foil today to bake cinnamon rolls.

How long does salmonella live on a roll of foil? Baked chicken last week, touched foil, using same roll of foil today to bake cinnamon rolls.

Salmonella: These germs can survive for weeks on surfaces if you read the text books. From what you describe however, there was no evidence that the raw chicken had Salmonella to begin with, and the nature of the contact seems sketchy as well. The good news is that ordinary stomach acid kills most 'exposures' to Salmonella (as does cooking!). If you have further concerns, talk to a doc about it. ...Read more

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I just cooked frozen pizza half way through eating dough seem very doughy now nervous didn't cook long enough we all are it is that ok to eat raw doe?

I just cooked frozen pizza half way through eating dough seem very doughy now nervous didn't cook long enough we all are it is that ok to eat raw doe?

Ok if no: contamination. Raw dough, in small amounts, is not harmful in itself, but if the pizza was not prepared under sanitary conditions the micro-organisms in it may be harmful. Raw dough, if you eat enough of it, may give you an upset stomach. ...Read more

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I placed 2 steaks in the freezer 3 years ago. Is it safe to defrost broiled and eat it? Did not eat them yet

Wow. : Wow. Those are some old steaks! i think the answer regarding your 3 year old steaks will depend on how they have been handled. 1. Your freezer needs to be at a temperature of 0 degrees fahrenheit or lower. 2. Don’t ever refreeze raw foods. If you have steaks that have thawed and not been cooked; there may already be bacterial growth – so don’t refreeze! 3. You need to freeze the steaks before the expiration date on the package. 4. Only wrap the steak in moisture proof materials (freezer bags, freezer film wrap). If you use aluminum foil, it should be over plastic. 5. The steak should be double wrapped tightly. 6. Steaks in their original package can usually be eaten up to two weeks later (because the wrapping used at the store is not designed for freezing). Thus, you need to rewrap the steaks if you desire to freeze them longer than this. 7. If your steaks were properly wrapped and frozen, they may still be good quality at six to nine months. 8. If all the above requirements are met; they can be eaten well after the nine month point – however, expect possible freezer burn, tougher meat and decreased nutritional value. However, if the flavor is “off”, get rid of it. So, those are some basics for freezing steak. Personally, i don’t take all those steps, so i would throw the meat away. Freezing meat for prolonged periods requires some precision. Take care. Eat healthfully ! ...Read more

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Why are the kiddie meals even at good restaurants the same chicken fingers, mac n cheese, pizza, etc?

Why are the kiddie meals even at good restaurants the same chicken fingers, mac n cheese, pizza, etc?

Time for a change: Because market analysis indicates thats what little kids like the most. Perhaps it's time for them to explore new food choices as michelle obama recently stated. ...Read more

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Is it safe(for bacteria)to eat whole wheat pasta undercooked(about100grams)? I bake the dough for 1 minute instead of 6 minutes

Is it safe(for bacteria)to eat whole wheat pasta undercooked(about100grams)? I bake the dough for 1 minute instead of 6 minutes

I would think so: because pasta is then boiled, that would kill any bacteria. Of course, make it in a very clean setting. ...Read more

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Is it safe to wrap a potato in aluminum foil to bake it when pregnant?

Is it safe to wrap a potato in aluminum foil to bake it when pregnant?

Yes: Should not cause a problem, remember no raw meat, chicken or fish , esp suchi and make sure you wash all fruits and veges properly and organic for a lot of foods is safer if it isn't too expensive and as littlke sodium as posible as that can lead to elevated BP when preg or not preg. ...Read more

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Does all canned luncheon meat like SPAM harbor listeria? Ate product made with it meant to be cold never warmed. I'm 34w today.

Does all canned luncheon meat like SPAM harbor listeria? Ate product made with it meant to be cold never warmed.  I'm 34w today.

Listeria risks: It can be very difficult to know if a food is contaminated or not with bacteria. For that, mostly, we have to trust the FDA and food inspectors. That said, certain clues can help us avoid foodborne illness. Smell and taste obviously. Also "age" of something after it was opened. Spam direct from can was OK but if it's been in the fridge for a while, toss it. Listeria can grow in the refrigerator. ...Read more

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Can you eat jello brand cook and serve butterscotch pudding when pregnant?

Can you eat jello brand cook and serve butterscotch pudding when pregnant?

Pregnancy and Food: Yes. Of course. That is unless you are diabetic or prone to gestational diabetes. ...Read more

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Is it safe to consume canned wild red salmon everyday (213g)?

Is it safe to consume canned wild red salmon everyday (213g)?

Risk from mercury: Probably not a great idea to eat any salmon everyday due to mercury content in even wild salmon. You can look up dietary recommendations, but i think the usually recommendation is 2 to 3 times per week max. ...Read more

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Used metal fork to cook; didn't realise, but melted plastic ziplock bag. Still safe to eat food even if may be tiny bits of plastic?... Or throw?

Used metal fork to cook; didn't realise, but melted plastic ziplock bag. Still safe to eat food even if may be tiny bits of plastic?... Or throw?

Plastic: It is likely not harmful to eat the plastic but there is a possibility it could get stuck in your throat and have to be removed so I would start that dish again. All the best. ...Read more

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Can i eat food cooked with alcohol during pregnancy? I ate a shedded beef taco and didn't know they put cooking wine in before cooking.

Can i eat food cooked with alcohol during pregnancy? I ate a shedded beef taco and didn't know they put cooking wine in before cooking.

Cooking with alcohol: People sometimes cook with wine or other alcohol to flavor a dish. The actual alcohol usually cooks off through the heating process. So you should be fine with your pregnancy in eating such foods. Drinking alcohol would be very different, though. ...Read more