Food items we should avoid “like the plague”…

I just read a very interesting interview with/article about a food poisoning lawyer (imagine that…!!!) who shares his knowledge about food, potentially contaminated food. And some of it isn’t so obvious.

That is why I’m posting the link to the article, as a warning/reminder to those of us who have weakened immune systems:

I never buy prepackaged (washed? Hah!) salad, e.g., or anything that has been cut and washed by others. I never go near salad bars, no matter how clean the restaurant looks. Bacteria bacteria bacteria! Better be safe than sorry…

After my SMM diagnosis, I began growing my own sprouts, which contain lots of vitamins and minerals (even protein and so on). Until…one day I read about the risk of Salmonella and E.coli contamination, and that completely killed my sprout-growing enthusiasm. I gave my sprouter away. Just a few days ago, in fact, there was an outbreak of Salmonella in Southern Australia caused by alfalfa sprouts. Yes, okay, these were store-bought, but still…I’m not taking the risk. No sprouts in my sandwich, thank you very much!!!

Anyway, the above interview/article may surprise you. Or not!

Do you have any additions/suggestions? Thanks! Have a great Sunday! Ciao! 🙂


  1. Thanks, that was very interesting and important information for those of us with weakened immune systems. I didn’t realize that eggs should be well cooked. I eat them a few times a week for breakfast and always make them over easy. I’ll miss my sprouts too but it’s not worth the risk.

  2. Hi Margaret,

    I’ve been reading your posts in the past years,
    I don’t agree with ruling out all sprouts,

    Alfalfa sprouts known to be dangers regarding E.coli and salmonella so I avoid it,

    I do eat organic (from a local farm) broccoli , kale, and sunflower sprouts daily and taking precautions storing them in cold temp and before eating immerse in water and special soap and then wash it,

    Sprouts are very healthy and I eat a lot of it on a daily basis in salads or in my shakes, and I see it major part of my regimen,

  3. That was very important information for those of us with weakened immune systems. I love to eat organic sprouts daily . And i wash it before eating. Do you have any suggestion about this?

  4. I dont eat sprouts, especially not alfalfa sprouts. I do wash my organic lettuce carefully and just hope that the vinegar I use will kill most bad bugs.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *