Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Maybe you shouldn't have a lemon with your drink

This has been floating around the net for a while, however I only first saw it yesterday.

Apparently lemons in restaurants are covered in bacteria.

Now that's not in and of itself a surprise as pretty much everything is covered in bacteria, but the fecal bacteria, those I'd rather avoid.

Watch the video and decide for yourself.

Me? I think I may forgo the lemons.

[Hat tip to my friend and colleague Hillel]


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  1. Anonymous2:44 pm

    Here's a link to the actual study:

    I have two problems with the study,
    1 - there is no way to account for the source of the contamination. Sure it could be from where the drink was prepared or it could be from where the fruit was shipped.

    But more importantly - 2 - the study makes no effort to show how many or even if anyone became sick because of this contamination.

    I could study doorknobs at a preschool or plastic spoons in a cafeteria and come up with numbers that are just as scary.

    If you're going to be scared of germs, live in a bubble. If not, wash your hands and keep your immune system healthy.

  2. Anonymous3:36 pm

    I have worked in restaurants for years and as a result never have lemon or lime in my drink. The reason? Simple: In all my years I have NEVER seen the person who cut the lemons wash them first. Secondly, everyone on the dining room staff puts their hands in the tub of lemons constantly. After doing every single task in the restaurant. Gross dude.

  3. Next time you get offered a lemon, get the bartender to lick it first, then you know it's safe!