What people seem to forget is that 'foods', from the farm to the consumer, grows in the dirt. Pigs like wallering in the mud hole which ant all water & dirt. It's pee & sh't. ... The farmer & processor has to clean the produce to remove bugs, dirt, feces of animals, rodents, & bugs and any partially eaten produce. The meatpacker has to wash the animal outside and inside to remove dirt & feces to make it safe for the consumer to eat.
When I was oversea working, it wasn't uncommon to buy packaged rice or dry beans that had bug or worms in it at the big stores. You poured the product in a bowl of water and skimmed off everything that floated. ... It you did it good then no problem, but if you were sloppy then the extra cooked protein wont hurt you.
Here in the US, the consumer is use to produce being delivered to the store (supposedly) ready to eat. ... then why does the FDA & CDC have to keep tracking down where contaminated lettuce, broccoli, carrots, ect come from ????
A GOOD COOK knows how to inspect & clean produce and meat to make sure it is eatable. A porterhouse steak on the floor for 15 seconds is not rotten. Clean the sand (grass ??) off of it just as the meatpacker did then cook it in a hot (sterile) pan.
I admit in the commercial kitchen this is more about perception of cleanliness and in the fast moving kitchen the cook doesn't have time to re-clean a $30 steak; but the steak is not ruined.
So this topic makes me laugh when someone start talking about a 10 sec rule ... when the pig has spent his whole life laying in sh't; the barn lot cows knee deep piss & feces; ... fresh milk has to have the hair & blood strained from it then pasteurized (this is not the same as sterilized) & bottled. ... Beans & grains are washed to float the bugs and worms off before being packaged and sent to the grocery store shelf.
... Now today's cooks don't know how to clean a little sand off one side of the sliced boloney that fell on the floor ...
... yes throw it away and get another one and buy more at the store. The farmer loves you.
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