Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Food Media & News >
Feb 14, 2008 03:12 PM

Any truth to this?

I generally don't have much time for these warning e-mails...but this was forwarded to me today. I would imagine most items are at risk for such a thing however.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Oh, man! Why did you share that with me? I love lemon in my water or iced tea, but now . . .

    Yet, it makes me think that if, at the restaurants they went to, had all these germs on lemons, and I think they were blaming not using tongs, then don't these places have more violations than just the lemons? If your hands are dirty, lemons are not the only things that would pass on the germs.

    1. If there were a serious danger from lemons, we'd all have been sick long ago. I think there's more danger in trying to live in a sterile environment than in having a slice of lemon in your drink.

      1 Reply
      1. re: chowser

        Absolutely. Germs are everywhere. The human body is adapted to function with a certain level of "filth" and too few bacteria are almost as bad as too many.

      2. Makes me want to stay away from ... health inspections.

        1. actually, what i find interesting is the researcher's assertion that the bacteria come from employees' hands. my suspicion has always been that restaurants don't bother to wash the exterior of the lemons before cutting and using them...after all the handling they've gone through to get there, you can be sure they're teeming with organisms BEFORE the restaurant employees pick them up.

          i scrub the outside of my citrus before using at home..and i stopped ordering slices in my drinks at restaurants a long time ago.

          but if you realy want to talk about a disturbing health concern, you should see the video about the glasses in hotel rooms.

          3 Replies
          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            I've worked in a lot of restaurants & seen very, very few wash produce. It boggles the mind...

            1. re: meatn3

              Yeah, it seems they'll only wash certain "dirty" produce like spinach. That's why my mom always preferred us eating at home because she said that restaurants don't care as much about cleanliness and health as much as one would at home.

              Goodhealthgourmet, I have seen that hotel room glass video. Pretty gross. I've stayed at hotels twice since I've seen it and scrubbed the hell out of my glasses before I used them (and put my toothbrush away as well).

              1. re: meatn3

                My daughter works in a resto and tells me to NEVER eat the baked potato skin as it is never washed!!

            2. re: "if there were a serious danger from lemons we'd all be sick long ago".......well from some things i've read, most stomach bugs are mistakenly attributed to virus' but in fact it's stuff like this that we don't necessarily know about.

              germs are everywhere, and i know that if i constantly worried about everything, i'd probably never eat out or for that matter go anywhere. Just with alot of the stuff like the spinach or the strawberries etc....this wouldn't surprise me either.

              for that matter, i hate slapping my fruit and veg up on the supermarket conveyor belt after someone's just checked through all their steaks, chicken etc...and the stuff's probably leaked on the belt.

              1 Reply
              1. re: im_nomad

                I wouldn't be surprised if there more gastrointestinal issues were due to poor food handling than we suspect. However, I'd put it more to food handling (we see on these boards alone how many people partially cook meat to finish later, leave meat on counters all night, leave meat overnight or for days, leave things for over a week and eat it) than a slice of lemon. I'd worry more about those food handling issues that possible micro-organisms in lemon. There are far too many "scares" the media likes to put out. I read an interview with a former editor of a womens' magazine who said they encouraged scare stories to keep people buying their magazines so they can be "safe."