Thread Tools
Old 06-21-2006, 02:57 PM
Suspended
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 18,476
Is Ceviche safe (to eat)?

Seviche (lime-juice marinated fish) has gotten very popular. I have tasted it, but i worry about all the viruses and bacteria that lurk in raw seafood. The lime juice marinande-is it acidic enough to kill the bacteria? Also, raw shellfish can be contaminated with the virus that causes hepatitis-is this virus killed by the lime juice?
So, what is the concensus-can you eat seviche and not worry about getting sick?
Old 06-21-2006, 03:05 PM
Guest
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: 192.168.0.1
Posts: 9,777
Quote:
Originally Posted by ralph124c
Seviche (lime-juice marinated fish) has gotten very popular. I have tasted it, but i worry about all the viruses and bacteria that lurk in raw seafood. The lime juice marinande-is it acidic enough to kill the bacteria? Also, raw shellfish can be contaminated with the virus that causes hepatitis-is this virus killed by the lime juice?
So, what is the concensus-can you eat seviche and not worry about getting sick?
If it made many people sick it probably would not be very popular.

In general look at the establishment you are ordering it from. IF it looks like a dive, be a lil more wary. Think of it like sushi bars, fish in itself is not really dangerous, its the freshness and proper handling that makes raw or cold cooked fished a danger.
Old 06-21-2006, 03:50 PM
Guest
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 6,581
Quote:
Originally Posted by menu
Warning: “Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness.”
You will find thjis on most menus as a way of the restauranteur doing a CYA. Personally, I have eaten pounds of sushi in places I trust and have never had a problem.

On the other hand, the restaurant chain ChiChis went out of business after patrons contracted hepatitis from eating green onions.
Old 06-21-2006, 04:03 PM
Guest
Join Date: May 1999
Location: at the right hand of cool
Posts: 36,817
From the United Nations:
Quote:
Cholera affects only humans and the main source of the bacteria during epidemics are the faeces of acutely infected people. However, the bacteria persists in the environment and is often found attached to plankton (Chiavelli et al., 2001). V. cholerae non-O1 and non-O139 are as the other Vibrio species, ubiquitous in marine and estuarine waters. Some non-O1 and non-O139 may be pathogenic to man, causing mainly gastroenteritis, but they are not associated with the epidemic diseases. Water contaminated with sewage is the main cause of spread of cholerae but also seafood products being contaminated with cholera-containing waters have been the cause of disease. The largest recent out-break of cholera, the pandemic South American outbreak in the early 1990s was partially caused by ceviche, a raw, marinated fish product, for which contaminated water or fish was used in the preparation. This was a O1-outbreak and caused more than 400 000 cases
Moral: don't eat poopy ceviche.
Daniel
Old 06-21-2006, 04:33 PM
Guest
Join Date: May 1999
Location: Bangkok/52/Male
Posts: 8,869
There is a popular asian dish that uses lemon or lime juice to "cook" thinly sliced raw beef. You can actually see the beef turning color from red to brownish-gray as though it was being cooked in a microwave. When I eat it, the meat has a "mouth feel" as though it's been cooked. Is the meat actually getting a chemical burn of sorts?
Old 06-21-2006, 04:41 PM
SD Curator of Critters
Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Panama
Posts: 37,569
I eat ceviche here all the time, and so do all my friends. It is extremely popular, and is even sold at baseball games. I have never heard of anyone getting sick from it here.

While ceviche can conceivably cause problems in certain circumstances, if you get it from a decent place this shouldn't be the case.

If you are in the US I wouldn't worry about it.
Old 06-21-2006, 04:56 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: U.S.A.
Posts: 32,876
Quote:
Originally Posted by vetbridge
You will find thjis on most menus as a way of the restauranteur doing a CYA.
I think it's not CYA. I believe local government health regulations require the warning.

nitpick: There's no n in restaurateur.
Old 06-21-2006, 05:17 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Lost in the mists of time
Posts: 13,461
Quote:
Originally Posted by vetbridge
The restaurant chain ChiChis went out of business after patrons contracted hepatitis from eating green onions.
While it does suck that people got hepatitis, the lose of ChiChis is one that the world of gastronomy can weather.
Old 06-21-2006, 05:30 PM
Guest
Join Date: May 1999
Location: at the right hand of cool
Posts: 36,817
Quote:
Originally Posted by acsenray
nitpick: There's no n in restaurateur.
True, but there is in restauranteur.

Daniel
Old 06-21-2006, 05:54 PM
Guest
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Right here. Right now.
Posts: 2,253
Quote:
Originally Posted by Left Hand of Dorkness

Moral: don't eat poopy ceviche.
Daniel

Bandname!
Old 06-21-2006, 06:44 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Slithering on the hull
Posts: 25,784
Quote:
Originally Posted by DiggitCamara
Bandname!
Dave Barry told me to tell you to cut that out.
Old 06-21-2006, 07:06 PM
Member
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: republic of california
Posts: 5,334
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


ceviche!
__________________
Just another outlying data point on the bell curve of life
Old 06-21-2006, 07:47 PM
Guest
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: 363 miles from Santa Fe
Posts: 735
Quote:
Originally Posted by ralph124c
So, what is the concensus-can you eat seviche and not worry about getting sick?

Can you see or smell the ocean from the restaurant? If so, then eat the ceviche.

Tabby
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:49 PM.

Copyright © 2017
Best Topics: ebay golf balls wine drunk fear factor haircut dope meme call verify ink a dink pato means quart of rum gay dinosaur porn whore bath definition western duel song lowes code 75 trashy girl names unsolved riddles vilen music fire department sirens left justified word katie motgan motherfucker origin spell shyster latest growth spurt titanic underwater skeletons fink etymology xkcd 936 cortana virus boroleum cvs century decade millennium what is jockstrap let faucets drip chocolate babies snl microwave wood 8000 btu vs 10000 btu how much do comic book stores pay for comics where to buy gram bags ceiling fan popping noise motion sickness while driving my car what is a t3 bulb movie titles that describe your life when did dick start to mean penis lluvia de sobres translation what are the seeds in breastfed baby poop how to tell how old a fawn is how long can a cavity go untreated no leg reflexes neurology huddle house vs waffle house papa john's garlic sauce creamy phone numbers in spanish format planet fitness have personal trainers best coffee liqueur brand david spade neil diamond how to attach wood fence panels to chain link fence your mother rides a vacuum cleaner hug it and squeeze it and call it george colored shirt white collar when you stand with only one of your feet on a weighing scale, the scale reading is god willing and the creek don't rise origin trimps what are gems for separate hot and cold water faucets why give a promise ring snow crab versus king crab green bugs that bite sting ear wax candle walgreens