Here is a chicken byproduct that can easily cause problems when consumed raw (but even cooked eggs still have some risk) and is food that can kill you. Though most turn up their noses to the concept, many are still willing to take the risk or eating raw eggs due to the large amounts of protein and other nutrients they provide. The main bacteria in eggs that cause food poisoning is Salmonella. It seems that chicken delights in being food that can kill you so watch out!
It’s hard to believe, but even dairy is a food that can kill you and is the primary cause of listeria poisoning. Soft cheeses and other products account for over half of these outbreaks every year, making it a frequent food that is recalled from grocery stores. Listeria can have the standard food poisoning symptoms, may cause miscarriages and has a 30% mortality rate. Another problem is that it doesn’t always cause outbreaks due to the distribution of a batch that was contaminated during production. There are also plenty of poisonings that occur despite the fact that the rest of the of the shipment that they were made with are completely clean. Part of the reason that dairy products are such a problem is that many products have at least some raw milk added during production.
Shellfish aren’t the only type of aquatic foods that can kill you. Tuna once dead and reaches a temperature of 40 degrees F. or higher, immediately starts producing a histamine called scombrotoxin at an astronomical rate. This is more dangerous than bacteria because it can’t be killed off even after being thoroughly cooked. The short trip from the supermarket to your refrigerator can be an adequate amount of time for tuna to become saturated with enough scombrotoxin to make you sick.
Keep in mind that this list isn’t meant to scare you out of ever eating these foods again. All foods have some risks and it’s just important to proceed with caution so you don’t dismiss the idea of poisoning if you develop symptoms and decline seeking treatment. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t care if it’s deadlier than Jason Vorhees himself, I am not giving up cookie dough ice cream for anything.