Lettuce and eggs top risky food list

I read the head line “Lettuce and eggs top risky food list” and thought lettuce headwe might have some type of outbreak or problem in the food supply. Then I read the article and I could not believe that someone had wasted their time to write it. In the article it talks about how the The Center for Science in the Public Interest had listed its top 10 dangerous foods and that lettuce (leafy greens) and eggs where at the top of the list. The article went on to say that all of the top 10 foods combined had caused 50,000 reported illnesses over the last 19 year. What a joke 50,000 over 19 year and I am sure that in most cases this would have been a mild illnesses and easy treated. To put this in to perspective in the last 19 years we have average 42,116 DEATHS from auto accidents, and 20,000 DEATHS from the flu a year. I am sorry, but I am not going to get to worked up over 50,000 people or and average of 2632 people a year that get sick because they did not wash their food well enough.

Sources: http://money.cnn.com/2009/10/06/news/companies/riskiest_foods/index.htm?postversion=2009100609



New Year’s Day Food Traditions

  • Eating noodles at midnight is customary at Buddhist temples in Japan.
  • A German/Pennsylvania Dutch tradition is to eat pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s day for good luck.
  • It is the tradition of Bosnia & Croatia (both of former Yugoslavia) to eat what is called “Sarma” or beef wrapped tightly in cabbage to bring good luck in health and wealth for the upcoming year.
  • It is a Cuban tradition to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. The 12 grapes signify the last twelve months of the year.
  • German folklore says that eating herring at the stroke of midnight will bring luck for the next year. Herring Salad recipe.
  • Eating pickled herring as the first bite of the New Year brings good luck to those of Polish descent.
  • In the southern United States, it is believed eating black eyed peas on New Year’s eve will bring luck for the coming year.
  • Also from the south comes the custom of eating greens such as cabbage, collard greens, mustard greens, kale or spinach to bring money.
  • One more from the Southerners: eating cornbread will bring wealth.
  • The Southern custom of eating greens can be found in other cultures as well, although the cabbage can take many forms, such as sauerkraut or even Kimchi.
  • In the Philippines, it is important to have food on the table at midnight in order to insure an abundance of food in the upcoming year.
  • Boiled Cod is a New Year’s Eve must in Denmark.
  • OlieBollen a donut-like fritter is popular in Holland for New Year.
  • Black-eyed peas, fish, apples, and beets are eaten for luck at the Jewish New Year’s celebration (not celebrated on Jan 1).
  • Another tradition from the Philippines is to collect 7 different types of round fruits. The round shape of the fruits signify money and seven is believed to be a lucky number. Set on the dinner table on New Year’s eve, the fruits are believed to bring prosperity and sound financial status for the coming year.

Other New Year’s Traditions and Superstitions

Did You Know #43

Gilbert L. Loomis of Westfield, Massachusetts, was the first American to purchase an auto insurance policy in 1897.

Did You Know #42

FBI statistics indicate that DUI is more generally a Caucasian crime. In 2006, nearly 10 times more whites than blacks were arrested for driving under the influence.

Did You Know #41

On March 1, 1912, Captain Albert Berry became the first person to parachute
from an airplance…and walk away.

Did You Know #40

Nearly 30 percent of Dalmatian dogs are born with complete or partial hearing loss.

Did You Know #39

Because of the number of creepy-crawlies that make their home in the rivers and streams of Alabama, it’s sometimes referred to as “The Lizard State.”