Wisconsinites turning to comforting household traditions through the vacation season have been warned by their state well being division to keep away from one particularly: cannibal sandwiches.
The sandwiches – also called “tiger meat” and, for the fancier-minded, “steak tartare” – encompass floor uncooked meat, usually beef, on a slice of bread, topped with uncooked onions.
In a tweet acknowledging the dish is a household custom for some, the Wisconsin well being division mentioned: “Consuming uncooked meat is NEVER advisable due to the micro organism it may well comprise. Floor beef ought to at all times be cooked to 160F!”.
In an extended Fb submit, the division wrote that consuming uncooked meat dangers sicknesses from micro organism that thrive in uncooked meat, together with salmonella, E Coli and Listeria.
“And, no, it doesn’t matter the place you purchase your beef!” it added.
In 2018, a blogpost from the US Division of Agriculture famous that “a whole lot of individuals within the midwest are sickened after consuming cannibal sandwiches” and famous eight outbreaks within the state in connection to uncooked beef consumption since 1986.
The submit advisable a “secure various”: prepare dinner the meat with the identical spices and toppings, as an alternative of serving it uncooked.
The custom doubtless comes from migrants from northern Europe who introduced conventional dishes with them.
It isn’t clear precisely how standard the dish is, however Bunzel’s Meat Market in Milwaukee informed Wisconsin Public Radio in 2019 it goes by means of greater than 1,000lb of uncooked beef and 250lb of uncooked onions only for the sandwiches through the vacation interval.
Jeff Zupan, proprietor of Bunzel’s Meat Market, informed WPR it seems the sandwich is making a comeback.
“Individuals at the moment are like, ‘Oh gee, I bear in mind when Grandma made this,” he mentioned.