Martha loses her turkey dinner
Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:16 PM
My first thought was that Martha was asking for pity. The way the information was presented was in a sort of "woe is me, I mis-handled a raw turkey, but I'm America's television cooking teacher. Pity me." My next thought was amazement at the statement, "I got salmonella, but a Doctor didn't diagnose it." I was chided by one of my scholarly friends on Facebook for not knowing my food handling curriculum. By the way, I carry my card with pride). He said that it's hard to "diagnose" salmonella. That was the exact point I was trying to get across. If Martha wasn't formally diagnosed with salmonella, she had no way of truthfully being able to state it was from mis-handling a turkey or not chilling the cream for the pumpkin pie. I took it as a dangerous statement that left the Today Show, the viewers and no less the poor turkey producers in a huge state of potential liability.
The on-air personalities went on to talk about food safety during the Holidays, but it felt shallow. Shouldn't Martha have gone over that during the segment? (Which I don't recall she did). It seemed too little too late.
Knowing Martha is so visible in the public conciousness, I thought a more appropriate statement would have been along the lines of "Martha got a potential case of food poisioning over the Holidays and it brings to our attention the serious matter of food handling safety......."
Wretching your Thanksgiving Dinner certainly isn't pleasant, but what do you think of this dust-up? When a food personality gets sick from mis-handling food, how do you think it should be dealt with?
Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:36 PM
So this is just PR. etc.
Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:56 PM
Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:14 PM
Another good point and another good reason why a visible person like Martha shouldn't have pronounced she had Salmonella and claimed it came from handling so many different turkeys. I think Martha's the turkey on this one.
Just because an illness can be food-borne doesn't necessarily mean that food is the only means of transmission. She could have gotten ill from touching someone who was ill, touching something that an ill person handled, or through third, fourth, fifth-hand, etc. transmission if the other people aren't washing their hands, or sanitizing things properly.
Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:16 PM
Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:43 PM
...she wore a yellow glove?
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