Monday, April 20, 2009

Watch Out For Those Onions.....

I have the habit of putting 1/2 an onion into the fridge for further use when I made some sandwiches. But after reading this forwarded info from a friend I will think twice about it especially if it is to be eaten raw. Here is to spread the news.

"I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, makers
of mayonnaise. Mullins is huge, and is owned by 11 brothers and
sisters in the Mullins family. My friend, Jeanne, is the CEO.

Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what
I learned from a chemist.

The guy who gave us our tour is named Ed. He's one of the brothers.
Ed is a chemistry expert and is involved in developing most of the sauce
formula. He's even developed sauce formula for McDonald's.

Keep in mind that Ed is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone
asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always
worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed's answer will surprise you.
Ed said that all commercially-made Mayo is completely safe.

"It doesn't even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it,
but it's not really necessary." He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set
at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He
then talked about the quint essential picnic, with the bowl of potato
salad sitting on the table and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when
someone gets sick.

Ed says that when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the
officials look for is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where
those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it's not the
mayonnaise (as long as it's not homemade Mayo) that spoils in the
outdoors. It's probably the onions, and if not the onions, it's the

He explained, onions are a huge magnet for bacteria,
especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to
keep a portion of a sliced onion. He says it's not even safe if you
put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator. It's already
contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can
be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in
your hotdogs at the baseball park!)

Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you'll
probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put
on your sandwich, you're asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist
potato in a potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than any
commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.

So, how's that for news? Take it for what you will. I (the author) am going to
be very careful about my onions from now on. For some reason, I see a
lot of credibility coming from a chemist and a company, that produces
millions of pounds of mayonnaise every year.'

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot
metabolise onions.

Written by Zola Gorgon - author of several cookbooks.. Watch out for those spoiled onions...


Little Corner of Mine said...

Thanks for posting this. Then, how are we supposed to store the unfinished half of the onion? I can't finish the whole onion in a day, the yellow onion here is huge.

olive oly said...

what about the vegetable salad with onions in it? we always store for few days consumption.

Sweet Jasmine said...

Little Corner of mine - I think left over cut onions should be cook instead of eaten raw.

Sweet Jasmine said...

olilve oly - its best to eat the vege salad up in one go if onions is added or if u want to keep it a few days omit the onions.

ck lam said...

Thanks for sharing this info...I never knew about it and will definitely know what to do with leftover onions.

BeautifuL Life said...

this is very informative..

Dutchie said...

Now I know why hubby had tummy upset after consuming the satays. It must be the raw onions ! Poor man, we couldnt figure it out whenever it strikes ! I only eat the freshly grilled satays as I'm not immuned to tummy bugs as I hv lived a long time in NL.

Thanks for the warning, SJ.

Blessed Lady said...

I always keep the leftover in the next time I will use all up..good to share this info.

Kess And Her Mama said...

I never knew that. Thanks for the tip. Next time, any leftover onion will be used for cooking.

PS. Hope you're doing well. Miss your regular posts.

Shern's mom said...

Never heard of such danger of onions before. Thanks for sharing.

Steve said...

Be wary of stories like this floating around the internet. Some are true, but most are either totally false or partially false. I checked this one out on and am relieved to find the fears greatly exaggerated.

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Jasmine...lost your Fedex. Appreciate you make contact. Tried few times.
Hoping everything okay, best regards, Lee.

bokjae said...

Hello jasmine! long time no see! Got an Award for your blog!!!! Cheers and thanks for sharing about Onions! Love them!

Johnny Ong said...

hmmmm not surprising esp when the environment is not that clean nowadays