Contaminated Food

Urban legends about contaminated food products.

The more technologically advanced our society becomes, the further removed we become both from food production and preparation. These days many of us rarely have time even to prepare our own meals, let alone grow them, so we depend on others for almost everything we put into our stomachs. We buy, prepare, and serve; or pick up from the takeout; placing our faith in an army of nameless food production workers. We trust them to do right by us.

But what if those others we're depending on aren't doing their jobs properly? What if bad things get into our food out of their negligence or, worse, their malevolence? Given our reliance upon total strangers (and also our underlying guilt over abdicating to others a task we should be performing for ourselves), it's no wonder our common horror tales about contaminated food are many and varied.

Red bullet Bubble Yum chewing gum contains spider eggs.

Red bullet Child television star dies from ingesting Pop Rocks and soda.*

Red bullet Girl's salivary glands become infected from roach eggs ingested with taco or envelope glue.

Red bullet Semen from several diseased men is found in restaurant food.

Red bullet "Mayonnaise" in fast food sandwich is pus from chicken tumor.

White bullet Customer at fast food chicken outlet is served a batter-fried rat.

Red bullet McDonald's hamburgers contain worm meat.

Red bullet Chinese restaurants use cat meat in their entrees.

Red bullet KFC restaurants stopped using the word "chicken" to describe its products because it is serving meat from genetically modified animals.

Red bullet McDonald's is the world's largest purchaser of cow eyeballs.

Red bullet McDonald's shakes contain yucky non-food substances.

Red bullet A human finger was found in a can of menudo.

Red bullet Chocolate milk is made from "regular" milk rejected for containing too much cow's blood.

Red bullet Customer becomes sick after eating a steak at a chain restaurant; analysis of her meal reveals the presence of urine in the meat.

Red bullet A human penis was found in a jar of fruit punch.

Red bullet Workers at the Corona brewery urinate into the beer.

Red bullet 1993 product tampering resulted in syringes being found in cans of Pepsi.

Red bullet A leper was found working in a Chesterfield cigarette factory.

Yellow bullet Employee washes toilet seat in dishwasher at well-known hamburger chain.

Red bullet Evian brand drinking water is filtered with cow's blood.

Red bullet HIV+ blood has been slipped into ketchup dispensers in fast food restaurants.

Green bullet A vengeful co-worker made it his practice to urinate into the office coffee pot.

Red bullet A patron dining at a Wendy's fast food outlet found a human finger in her bowl of chili.

Red bullet A child contracted AIDS through eating a pineapple that had been bled upon.

Red bullet Cockroach eggs in drinking straws.

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David Mikkelson founded in 1994, and under his guidance the company has pioneered a number of revolutionary technologies, including the iPhone, the light bulb, beer pong, and a vaccine for a disease that has not yet been discovered. He is currently seeking political asylum in the Duchy of Grand Fenwick.