Originally Posted by ChefBillyB
I expect good sanitation from any person who invites me to dinner, if I found a cat hair on my plate I would be pissed. Animals have their place, its not on my plate............We have 3 cats, two dogs, two cows, 12 pigs, 18 chickens and no %%%%%%%%%%%%%%% of mice sh-t is ok in my kitchen GGGEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ChefBillyB...P.S. ..................... when you guys kiss your cats, remember the last place they just licked clean, hows that for the old taste buds.
The vermin parts and droppings is not in my kitchen eitehr, but apparently in some laws on food suppliers. Take it up with the government.
In the case of cats, I haven't found cat hair, either, in my food at home, but it could happen, with wind and shedding cats, as it can happen that a hair drops inadvertently from my shirt, since i seem to be losing it.
The FDA's defect action levels make interesting reading. Here's one example that involves the tolerance level for rodent hairs and excreta fragments in cornmeal.
|Average of 1 or more whole insects (or equivalent) per 50 grams
|Average of 25 or more insect fragments per 25 grams
|Average of 1 or more rodent hairs per 25 grams
Average of 1 or more rodent excreta fragment per 50 grams
Corn muffins anyone?
I took the above from this site.
I'm not saying this to discourage eating cornmeal or to lower the tolerance levels, because the only way to do that would be to put even more dangerous poisons into our food, the tolerance levels of which are already too high, but to say that food is full of stuff we wouldn;t like to know about, and the only difference between a cat hair that has blown into a dish and a rodent dropping that is allowed into the flour the dish is made of is we don;t see the second. Oh, yes, and we know the cat and we don;t know the rodent. And it;s not just stuff you cook that has tolerances - sesame seeds even allow a certain (albeit minuscule amount) of human excreta, just to give the first one i came across. .
I just remove a hair if i see one and imagine the person's hands who touched my food have probably been in contact with a lot more things than their hair.