Monday, July 07, 2008

E coli - Yuuuuuuum

According to Wikipedia:
Escherichia coli (commonly E. coli; pronounced /ˌɛʃɪˈrɪkiə ˈkoʊlaɪ/, /iː ~/), is a bacterium that is commonly found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded animals. Most E. coli strains are harmless, but some, such as serotype O157:H7, can cause serious food poisoning in humans, and are occasionally responsible for costly product recalls.

You may be asking yourselves: what is the point of this rather grim post? Oh - no worries, you'll soon find out.

Reece and I had our friends Mark and Cristina over last Sunday night for burgers, blue cheese sauce, tomato/feta salad, and spinach artichoke dip. Mark and Cristina came bearing scrumptious Crave cupcakes for dessert. All had a nice time, great company, and of course good (or so we thought) food.

Fast forward 1 week to Reece and I doing a little grocery shopping at Kroger's. We of course entered our Kroger rewards # and proceeded self checking out. As we were about to get our receipt, the self check out machine tells us to make sure and read the special notice for us at the bottom of our receipt. We get a bit excited - after all, the message is for us! That is, until we read that we may have recently purchased ground beef that is being recalled due to a possible e coli outbreak. Oh, but not to worry, we can return said ground beef for a full refund. Riiiiiight. The only problem is we fed the e coli infected beef to our dinner guests. Imagine the awkwardness of that voicemail if you will.


Tammy said...

It's okay... it's OKAY!!!!

The US Department of Agriculture recommends that ground beef is cooked at a minimum internal temperature of 160 deg F (71 deg C) because harmful bacteria are killed at this temperature.

As long as you did not serve raw burgers, I think everyone will be OKAY!!!

kristyo15 said...

Fun Fun! I'm sure the burgers were delicious though! :)