A Food Poisoning Expert Reveals the Six Foods He REFUSES To Touch | 22 Words

You wouldn't expect an attorney to be a leading expert in the field of food poisoning.

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But Bill Marler specializes in litigating food poisoning cases, and in two decades, he's learned a lot from the hundreds of cases he's tried. He shares his secrets and lessons below, so pay attention.

Raw Oysters

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You might love 'em, but they're filter feeders, so anything bad that passes through them stays in them.

It's due to the rise in water temperatures.

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The warmer the water, the more bacteria thrives. So until global warming is reversed, expect these guys to be off-limits for picky eaters.

Precut Fruit

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Doesn't seem that bad, does it? Well, cutting fruit increases its surface area, which means more of it gets handled and comes in contact with bacteria or other contaminates.

What to do?

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Buy your fruit whole. It's cheaper anyway. Then cut and eat it in a few days to minimize the likelihood of listeria. "We've gotten so used to the convenience of mass-produced food —bagged salad and boxed salads and precut this and precut that. Convenience is great but sometimes I think it isn't worth the risk."

Raw Sprouts

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Maybe not a best-seller, but worth knowing about. In 20 years, sprouts have caused thirty bacterial outbreaks. That's a lot for an uncommon food.

There have been too many outbreaks to not pay attention to the risk of sprout contamination. "Those are products that I just don't eat at all," says Marler. 

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Rare Steak

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You may love this indulgence, but it's a risky one. Meat needs to be heated to above 160 (throughout) to kill bacteria causing E. coli or salmonella. Rare meat often doesn't cross that mark.

Ground meats are even more troublesome.

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"The reason ground products are more problematic and need to be cooked more thoroughly is that any bacteria that's on the surface of the meat can be ground inside of it," said Marler.

Raw eggs

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Marler says that the chance of getting food poisoning from runny eggs is pretty low these days, but it's still not worth the risk.

Salmonella's the culprit.

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As recently as 2010, 2,000 cases of salmonella were reported from egg consumption, so beware!

Unpasteurized milk and juices

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There's no benefit big enough to take away the risk of drinking products that can be made safe by pasteurization.

Popular bottled juices can cause problems.

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In 1996, Odwalla, the popular juice brand, was found liable for distributing unpasteurized apple juice in its products. They were on the hook for a $1.5 million fine and $12 million to the victims.