USA – Cannibal Sandwiches: Wisconsin officials advise against this holiday tradition.

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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reminded the public to abstain from the state holiday tradition– eating raw meat sandwiches, sometimes called Tiger Meat or Cannibal Sandwiches.

What is a cannibal sandwich?

A cannibal sandwich or Tiger meat sandwich is by definition, raw ground beef typically served on rye bread or crackers with onions. Occasionally, a raw egg will be mixed with the meat. It is a traditional winter holiday specialty in certain regions of the upper Midwest.

Health officials say there are foodborne illness risks with eating raw meat like ground beef like SalmonellaE. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter and Listeria and it doesn’t matter where you buy the meat.

Since 1986, eight outbreaks have been reported in Wisconsin linked to eating a raw ground beef dish, including a large Salmonella outbreak involving more than 150 people during December 1994. Ground beef should ALWAYS be cooked to an internal temperature of 160° F.

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