well, it was actually A Current Affair I heard this on.
An article on being aware of food poisoning from fast food outlets.
They run these stories a few times a year, inspectors going around with thermometers finding places where hot chicken is 19 degrees instead of the recommended over 60, sushi is 16 degrees instead of the recommended under 5 degrees, that sort of thing.
Featured within the story was an interview with a woman who had eaten something and spent nine days in hospital severely ill.
It happens...but here's the part that stunned me.
She told the interviewer she'd noticed (tasted?) something wrong with the first bite, but continued eating at least half of her kebab before ditching the rest in the bin.
Something seems off and you keep eating??
Wouldn't you spit out that first off mouthful and take the kebab back to the vendor?
Inform him the meat is off? (or something else in the kebab isn't right)
If something doesn't taste wrong, then continuing to eat is more excusable, but knowingly eating something that your mouth tells you is bad is inexcusable.
If the woman is reading this, then I'm sorry, but that's my opinion. If it tastes wrong, don't eat it.
My own sense of taste and smell is quite sensitive. I don't know how many* times I detected "off" items coming through my checkout and warned the customer, who then did not purchase that item.
Most common? Those pre-packed bags of potatoes with one in the middle gone bad.
Next? Bags of oranges with one mouldy one, I can smell that from a couple of metres away.
An occasional package of mince, or some deli meat, but those were rare.
*(not all that often considering I worked there 10 years, don't get panicky and start boycotting stores)
So here's a tip. If you bite into something and it's a little....not quite right....don't eat it. Take it back. If you are home already, phone in, the vendor needs to know.
Not only are you saving yourself, you are also saving others who would have purchased that item.
By taking it back, the vendor knows to remove that item from sale, so he is then saving others health and incidentally keeping himself from getting sued....thus saving his business.
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