My inbox was dealt with an unusually stupid press release today, this one touting a website created by Patrick Quade (before you gasp, the actor is William Quade, this guy is a nobody), which “allows for the public to submit their personal experiences on where they received bad food consequently, ending in food poisoning.
According to the website, whenever you experience anything that remotely resembles food poisoning, you can go to their website and blow the whistle! You enter the restaurant name, what you ate, and your symptoms into IWasPoisoned.com (that’s not an inflammatory name), so the whole world will know what they have done to you!
Your symptoms. Oh, that’s gonna be pretty reading.
As a consumer you are able to go online and see what restaurants and outlets are experiencing the most food poisoning or search for your desired destination, a great tool to monitor where you take your self and family to eat, don’t want to get sick just before the holidays!
So what’s wrong with this idea, you ask? Simple – it is very difficult to tell a) if you have food poisoning or some other malady, and b) where you got the bug. Maybe you were just more hung over than you thought. Maybe you got exposed at Taco Bell on Tuesday, and not McDonald’s on Wednesday. Most people don’t realize how long it takes for these things to work their way through your system. Perhaps you are lactose intolerant. Gluten intolerant. There are lots of reasons why people have digestive issues.
Here is an entry from today on their website – “Bought Safeway brand chicken leg quarters, cooked them well, ate some and 5 hours later got severe food poisoning. I think this is the 2nd time.” Really? They could be contaminated in fecal material, and if you “cooked them well”, you wouldn’t get food poisoning. Cross-contamination perhaps? Lick your fingers after handling the chicken? Have them with aunt Nelly’s potato salad after she’d left it in the car for a while? You did this twice, and Safeway hasn’t been closed down? Get a freaking clue! If you allow yourself to get food poisoning twice from something you’ve cooked, it’s Darwin’s Law.
This is a stupid idea!
About the only time you can blame something on food poisoning, is if you go somewhere with a group of friends, all eat the same damn thing, and the next day you find out everyone got sick. Otherwise call the health department if you think you think you were poisoned.
I feel so sorry for people in the restaurant business.