Wisconsin Health Department warns against eating ‘cannibal sandwich’, a traditional holiday dish in the state

A “cannibal sandwich”, considered a holiday favorite in the state, consists of raw ground beef on bread with sliced ​​onions, salt and pepper.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) said, “The recommendation to eat raw meat may be due to bacteria.” A tweet said on Saturday.

DHS, which said it issues this reminder annually, detailed in another social media post its warning.

The state’s health department wrote on Facebook, “Time for our annual reminder that there’s a # tradition you need to pass: raw meat sandwiches, sometimes called tiger meats or cannibal sandwiches.”

“Many Wisconsin families consider them a holiday tradition, but eating them poses a threat to Salmonella, E. coli O157: H7, Campylobacter, and Listeria bacteria that can make you sick. (And, no, that’s it. Not where you are. Buy your beef!) “

Health officials said ground beef should always be cooked at an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

The US Department of Agriculture said in a blog post in 2018, “Hundreds of people in the Midwest have become ill after eating cannibal sandwiches”.
According to the Wisconsin DHS website, there have been eight raw meat-related outbreaks in Wisconsin since 1986, with salmonella outbreaks affecting more than 150 people.

“It is important to know that eating these types of foods is not without risk,” the website states.


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