I found the fridge and freezer in my (6 person) shared house turned off at the plug socket this morning. The freezer temperature had got to -6 degrees C. I read that it should be -18 degrees C. My breakfast milk from the fridge was room temperature. I don't know when the plug had been switched off. My housemates have meat in the freezer. To avoid the risk of food poisoning, should I tell everyone to throw all their food out? If not everything, what should we prioritise getting rid of?
I checked archives but found no question similar to this one: Roasted a chicken last Monday. Tore it into shreds, was still warm when we put it away in the fridge. In a plastic container, somewhat airtight. However, have taken it out once and opened the container. But promptly forgot about it until today. Safe to eat?
I've gotten hooked on the bran muffins from Vons/Pavillions, and I always start my day with one. Yesterday there was some mold on one, and I just cut it off and ate it. Today I did the same, but then I did a quick Google search and found out there are all sorts of potential horrors from eating moldy bread. Now I don't know how freaked out to be. Complicating factor: I'm recovering from cancer surgery. [more inside]
I accidentally forgot to put the quiche in the fridge after lunch and discovered it when I came back home. It was left out for about 5 hours, probably at around 70 degrees. I am getting differing opinions from my internet search. Should I toss it?
For lunch (30 min ago) I accidentally ate a couple bites of very undercooked (if not raw) chicken for lunch. It's my own fault -- I rather absentmindedly baked some pre-marinated but possibly partially frozen chicken breast last night for lunch today, nuked it this afternoon to reheat, and was a couple bites in before I realized it was definitely not cooked. I tossed it as soon as I realized it, but I'm a little worried. Any idea how long it would take before I know if I have salmonella or whatever the dangers are? Is there anything I can do now? I feel ok right now, but maybe a little queasy... is this the beginning of things to come? Thanks!
I bought some hot mango pickle at the Indian grocery store yesterday. It was packaged differently from what I've had before and I am concerned about its safety. When I've bought this same kind before it was in a glass jar with a metal lid, like other shelf-stable canned goods in jars. This time it was stored at room temperature in a glass jar, but the lid is plastic. [more inside]
So, I ate some truly delicious Ethiopian food (lentils, cabbage and potato, collard greens, and okra, plus the bread) I got as takeout from a local place on Friday evening. About 8 hours later I awoke feeling dreadful. I threw up four times over the next 8 hours or so, and I am one of those people who virtually never vomits. I also felt really sick, with a major stomach ache. I have been feeling gradually better since, and am back at work today, but still feel trembly, nauseated and kinda green around the edges. And no bowel movements to date. When am I going to feel like myself again? Do I have to call my doctor?
Help calm me down about my fear of food poisoning. [more inside]
I'm recovering from food poisoning. It's been a week now without a "proper" bowel movement. I feel mostly OK otherwise. How long is too long? GI and minipoop details inside. [more inside]
All of a sudden, within a couple of minutes, my skin on my arms/chest/face turned beet red and was hot to the touch, like I had a bad sunburn. In addition was a headache(similar headache that I get when I've been in the sun for too long) and I could feel my heart beating faster and was a little lightheaded. I wasn't itchy at all. This lasted for about 30 minutes and my skin is still sort of splotchy and warm but is going back to normal. [more inside]
I'm going to put most of this behind the cut because, ew, but basically my question is: what should you do when you feel the first symptoms of food poisoning? [more inside]
Another one of metafilter's favorite topics. Fridge left open since 7am (CDT) this morning. Just discovered 20 minutes ago, so approximately 5 hours ago. It was only left open a crack because one of the drawers was part way open. Is everything a totally loss? Some things are still cool to the touch. [more inside]
For the second time in less than a month I've had to go home sick from work because I was barfing uncontrollably--and then felt fine enough by evening to go for a run and eat a normal dinner. Is it something I ate? Food poisoning or allergy? The flu? WTH!? (Gross descriptions lurk within.) [more inside]
I bought a pre-made, raw meatloaf from the local grocery store. Tonight I cooked it, in a 375-degree oven for close to an hour and a half. The thing is still pink throughout! [more inside]
My husband ate a small jar of opened caviar that has been in the fridge an undetermined amount of time (longer than several months). Internet seems to indicate caviar should be eaten with 2-4 days of opening the jar (vacuum sealed, not from a refrigerated section) but doesn't indicate if this is for flavor alone or safety. Expecting food poisoning? Should we be heading to the ER tonight? Clinic tomorrow? Wait and see? [more inside]
I think I might have gotten food poisoning by eating prepared food from a convenience store, but there are some confounding factors. I'm fine now, but not sure if I should notify someone about this. [more inside]
Can I eat it filter: tuna edition [more inside]
I made baked orzo with veggies and cheese yesterday morning, thinking I had lunches covered for the next couple of days. I covered it in foil, and put it in the fridge, once the glass casserole dish had cooled a bit. It had been in there for about 2-3 hours when the power went out. The power was out for about 10-11 hours, and no one was home to open the fridge for most of that time. Please tell me it's okay to eat?
What is happening in the body when food poisoning occurs? Are the symptoms defensive actions or purely symptomatic? [more inside]
Freezer disaster! I came home from a week long trip to discover that the seal on my freezer had failed, and that everything at the front of the freezer had thawed. Everything at the back was coated in ice. But what about the stuff in the middle? [more inside]
I meant to make MaPo tofu but didn't, and now have 1/2 pound of ground pork in the fridge. It looks and smells fine, but given that I had previously frozen it before its 3 day stay in the fridge, I'm not going to eat it. Is it safe to cook it up, refrigerate it, and give to my dog a little at a time? I often give him meat scraps on top of his dog food. Please note: I am not asking about the wisdom of feeding him "people food." I am asking about his risk of food poisoning.
[Grossness warning] I accidentally ate food that was tainted with a small amount of feces. I am concerned about parasites. How do I take care of the fallout, and what are my best human deworming options? Everything I can find on this topic (information and, annoyingly, worming tablets too) seems to be geared towards deworming dogs, cats, and horses. [more inside]
Should I eat it? I didn't get sick from it, but my girlfriend did. Also, why would only one person get sick? [more inside]
How flexible are y'all with expiration dates on food? [more inside]
I accidentally switched the oven off part way through roasting my chicken and left it off for 30-45 minutes. Can I put the oven back on again and end up with a safe-to-eat chicken? [more inside]
I suspect potential food poisoning. Ride it out or try to 'squash' it? [more inside]
I have food poisoning. I have been on Cipro since Sunday evening. I have not had vomiting from the disease, but bowel troubles. I took a dose of Cipro an hour ago, and I just threw up. Vomiting is a known side effect from the medicine, but should I be worried I didn't absorb the dose? How fast does your body process this stuff?
Is it safe to eat meat that has thawed and been in room temperature for about 6 hours, and then refrigerated again? [more inside]
I enjoyed mussels in Europe, why are they making me vomit in America? [more inside]
Can I infuse vinegar with cooked bacon? [more inside]
to dinner party or not to dinner party? [more inside]
ShouldIEatIt Filter: We both ate the same thing. He threw up, I'm fine. Is it OK to eat the leftovers? [more inside]
CanIEatItFilter: How long will this spicy stir fry sauce keep? [more inside]
I bought a sandwich from a deli 14 hours ago (ham salami cheese and mayo) and left it out unrefrigerated. Can I still eat it and not get sick?
Food poisoning: How do I deal with the merchant? [more inside]
What is the relationship between the age of a consumed raw egg and the risk of food poisoning, and what factors influence it - in general, but also specifically to salmonella? [more inside]
I feel like I might have food poisoning, but haven't started throwing up yet. Can I do anything to ameliorate the awfulness that might be on the horizon? [more inside]
How long will scrambled eggs keep? [more inside]
I think I had some rotten meat in an egg roll at a Chinese restaurant. What can I do? [more inside]
XMAS DINNER: Is it safe to eat these leftovers? [more inside]
help me with my paranoia! as its making me terribly unhappy. [more inside]
Is it a coincidence that I have gotten laryngitis along with a mild case of food poisoning? [more inside]
My curiosity has gotten the better of me. Somewhat gross bodily function question inside. [more inside]
Were the food laws in the old testament rational for the time or somewhat superstitious? [more inside]
Help me get over food poisoning. [more inside]
Where can I learn more about the dangers of harmful bacteria in all kinds of poultry? [more inside]
Will I get sick from eating this? In an attempt to eat healthier, I broke out the crock pot last night and filled it with raw vegetables and raw chicken, in preparation for a day of slow cooking all day today. [more inside]
What are some tricks and tips to get over food poisoning ? (disgusting details inside) [more inside]
Food Poisoning Group Barometer: Do I eat the cheese? [more inside] [more inside]
POULTRY FILTER: I bought a pound and a half of chicken last weekend. The sell-by date on the package was August 18. I usually cook all the chicken I buy before the sell-by date, but screwed up and haven't cooked one of the pieces. It's now two days past that date. Do I freeze this piece or throw it away? How do you know if chicken has gone bad? If its any help in this diagnosis: It looks and smells fine ... thank you, ask metafilter, as always, for your time and wisdom on these pressing concerns of mine! I for one would hate to throw away perfectly good chicken.