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.
Bubble Yum chewing gum contains spider eggs.
Child television star dies from ingesting Pop Rocks and soda.*
Girl's salivary glands become infected from roach eggs ingested with taco or envelope glue.
Semen from several diseased men is found in restaurant food.
"Mayonnaise" in fast food sandwich is pus from chicken tumor.
Customer at fast food chicken outlet is served a batter-fried rat.
McDonald's hamburgers contain worm meat.
Chinese restaurants use cat meat in their entrees.
KFC restaurants stopped using the word "chicken" to describe its products because it is serving meat from genetically modified animals.
McDonald's is the world's largest purchaser of cow eyeballs.
McDonald's shakes contain yucky non-food substances.
A human finger was found in a can of menudo.
Chocolate milk is made from "regular" milk rejected for containing too much cow's blood.
Customer becomes sick after eating a steak at a chain restaurant; analysis of her meal reveals the presence of urine in the meat.
A human penis was found in a jar of fruit punch.
Workers at the Corona brewery urinate into the beer.
1993 product tampering resulted in syringes being found in cans of Pepsi.
A leper was found working in a Chesterfield cigarette factory.
Employee washes toilet seat in dishwasher at well-known hamburger chain.
Evian brand drinking water is filtered with cow's blood.
HIV+ blood has been slipped into ketchup dispensers in fast food restaurants.
A patron dining at a Wendy's fast food outlet found a human finger in her bowl of chili.
A child contracted AIDS through eating a pineapple that had been bled upon.
Cockroach eggs in drinking straws.