News

CDC to Wisconsin: stop eating ‘cannibal sandwiches’

CDC to Wisconsin: stop eating ‘cannibal sandwiches’

'CANNIBAL SANDWICH:' The CDC says the traditional raw meat sandwich is troublesome. Photo: clipart.com

By Eric M. Johnson

(Reuters) – Residents in the upper Midwest should ditch their seasonal tradition of eating “cannibal sandwiches” made of raw ground beef, health officials warned, citing multiple outbreaks of foodborne illnesses since the 1970s and cases last year.

Gobbling up raw ground beef spread on sandwich bread or crackers with onions and other seasoning led to more than 50 cases of foodborne illness in 1972, 1978 and 1994 in Wisconsin, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote in a report released this week.

Raw beef “cannibal sandwiches” have also been linked to at least four cases, and possibly more than a dozen, of sickness tied to E. Coli bacteria in the central region of Wisconsin over the 2012 winter holiday season, the CDC said.

The bacteria can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps and, in the most severe cases, kidney failure.

“Despite ongoing outreach efforts addressing the dangers associated with consuming undercooked or raw ground beef, this regional holiday tradition continues to be associated with outbreaks,” the CDC said.

Jubilant amateur chefs can be seen in Web videos dining on blood-red beef chunks dusted with pepper, topped with onions, packed with capers, and piled onto sandwich bread with cheese and mustard.

The CDC urged retailers to discourage customers from consuming raw ground beef, which it said should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius).

Recent Headlines

in Lifestyle

McDonald’s all-day breakfast is coming next month

17-overlay1

Breakfastarians rejoice as the Golden Arches announces you'll soon be able to buy an egg McMuffin at dinner time.

in Sports

U.S. Open: Caroline Wozniacki, Federer & other favorites advance

Fresh
Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, returns a shot to Jamie Loeb, of the United States, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Caroline Wozniacki got herself quickly off the court on a scorching day at the U.S. Open. The fourth-seeded Dane, last…

in Sports

FIFA scandal becomes exhibit at Mob Museum in Las Vegas

Fresh
A video on FIFA corruption is reflected in a display at the Mob Museum Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Las Vegas. The display, titled "The 'Beautiful Game' Turns Ugly", opens at the museum Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The exhibit is being called "The 'Beautiful Game' Turns Ugly." The museum says it uses photos and news reports to delve into the "kickbacks, secrecy and match-fixing" surrounding the international soccer organization.

in National, Sports

Los Angeles wants to host 2024 Summer Olympics

20-overlay1

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to pursue a bid to bring the Summer Games to town in 2024 and become the only city besides London ever to host the Olympics three times.

in Local Sports, Viral Videos

WATCH: Marshawn Lynch sells Skittles on EVINE live

Fresh
11-overlay

The Seatt;e Seahawks star running back is pitching Skittles on a TV shopping network

Bellingham Traffic