August 26th, 2013

When Eating Guinea Pig, Make Sure to Ask for it Well Done

guinea pigI’ve written before about how ID doctors are no fun to have at cook outs, what with our obsession with well-done hamburgers.

Now, there’s another menu item we can berate grill-meisters on, and that’s guinea pig meat:

At least 81 people fell ill from suspected salmonella poisoning after eating guinea pig meat and other foods from a vendor at a Minneapolis street festival earlier this month, health officials said… Scores of people went to Hennepin County Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Minneapolis with severe gastrointestinal symptoms after eating the tainted food.

So if you decide to order your guinea pig on the rare side, and then get sick, you have no one to blame but yourself.

Because now you’ve been warned.


2 Responses to “When Eating Guinea Pig, Make Sure to Ask for it Well Done”

  1. 46ntwo says:

    I’m not sure which “festival” food is more unappetizing; GP meat, or a 7,000 Cal “Cronut Burger”

  2. Ben says:

    Just had an ostrich burger and insisted it be cooked WELL DONE. Best decision I’ve ever made. Thanks for the advice Paul.

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