Revised Food Safety Facts

Thought this was interesting: I thought Mayo was dangerous.

USA TODAY’s Elizabeth Weise spoke with food safety experts to pull together a list of the most common food safety myths.

Mayonnaise is a death trap.

Actually, mayonnaise is an ingredient “with penicillin-like properties,” says Don Zink, senior science adviser for the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in College Park, Md. Mayo is a homogenized mixture of oil and water, with egg white to stabilize it. The salt and vinegar or lemon juice makes the tiny droplets of water suspended in the mixture deadly to microbes. So for a safer salad, don’t hold the mayo. Putting in more mayonnaise only makes it safer, he says. No, not forever, but certainly long enough for a picnic. More>>