Wisconsin Department of Health Warns Against Eating “Cannibal Sandwich,” a Traditional Holiday Dish in the State


A “cannibalistic sandwich,” considered a holiday favorite in the state, consists of raw ground beef on bread with minced onions, salt and pepper.

But, “eating raw meat is NEVER recommended because of the bacteria it may contain,” according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) said Saturday in a tweet.

DHS, which said it publishes the recall every year, expanded on its warning in another social media post.

“It’s time for our annual reminder that there is a #holiday tradition you need to pass on: raw meat sandwiches, sometimes called Tiger Meat or Cannibal Sandwiches,” the state’s health department wrote on Facebook.

“Many families in Wisconsin see them as a holiday tradition, but eating them poses a threat to Salmonella, E. coli O157: H7, Campylobacter, and Listeria bacteria that can make you sick. (And, no, it doesn’t matter where you buy your beef!). ”

Ground beef should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit, health officials added.

There are “hundreds of people in the Midwest who are nauseated after eating cannibalistic sandwiches” every holiday season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a 2018 blog post.

There have been eight raw meat-related outbreaks in Wisconsin since 1986, including a salmonella outbreak affecting more than 150 people in December 1994, according to the Wisconsin DHS website.

“It’s important to know that consuming these types of foods is not without its risks,” the website states.


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