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Help! We accidentally served raw chicken at friend's party! WWYD and is everyone going to get ill?

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LilacIce Sun 10-Apr-16 12:34:07

DH grilled boneless chicken thighs wrapped in bacon, I assumed he'd cooked them properly! We added them to buffet.

At the end of the night hostess gave us a plate of leftovers to take home including some of DH's chicken (which everyone ate apart from 4 veggies).

This morning I ate one, it seemed fine, I bit into another and it was raw! As in totally raw shock
I was so disgusted I was sick.

I'm so worried we're all going to get ill! Should I call the others and tell them? DH thinks it must have been on the edge of the tray and says the others were fine hmm I'm so angry I can barely look at him. I'm OCD about food safety and always over-cook meat, he thinks I'm overreacting. Am I?

One of our friends was feeding the chicken to her toddler!

What should I do?

TattyDevine Sun 10-Apr-16 12:35:32

It's likely he is right about the others being fine, because people would have probably noticed.

Try not to stress...

EatShitDerek Sun 10-Apr-16 12:35:49

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BeckyMcDonald Sun 10-Apr-16 12:35:52

If it was raw, surely people would have noticed and just discarded it? I'm always quite heck chicken is cooked before eating it at buffets.

wannadancethenightaway Sun 10-Apr-16 12:38:03

shockshockshock uuuhhhhm I have no idea but I'd guess that at least a couple of people might be unwell. Years ago in my work a woman made a curry and brought it in to share. 14 people ate it and
14 people had food poisoning sad I did the accident/incident report about it. I hope your guests are ok!!

Thisisnotausername Sun 10-Apr-16 12:38:31

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LilacIce Sun 10-Apr-16 12:40:19


Yes hopefully people would have noticed if raw but everyone had a lot of wine before the food was served. Usually I check the colour of chicken before eating it but I was quite tipsy and just ate it.

I'm worried the other chicken might have been undercooked even if not raw sad

missybct Sun 10-Apr-16 12:40:56

This is my worst nightmare personified blush - I too am so OCD about chicken - but I look and look at it so I'd say from my POV, if it looked raw, I wouldn't have eaten it. However, dunno how many other people routinely examine chicken like I do confused.

Um, did you all eat it? How are you all feeling now? I've always been under the impression that raw chicken would cause pretty violent double ended evacuations within 4-6 hours but I know it's not always like that. How likely are the chances of all other thighs being OK but the one you ate being raw?

I don't think you're being unreasonable to overreact, like you said, one of them was raw. It doesn't take five seconds to do a quick check for cooked meat. I'd lose my shit, if I'm honest - there are very few things that make me got OTT but raw meat/food poisoning is my kryptonite blush

Pinkheart5915 Sun 10-Apr-16 12:42:15

Your dh is more than likely right the rest probably were cooked ok- fingers crossed.
There is nothing you can do now anyway

LagunaBubbles Sun 10-Apr-16 12:42:36

People wouldn't eat it if it's raw though would they?

missybct Sun 10-Apr-16 12:42:54

(oh, I missed the bit about not being able to look at him - yeah, that's a bit of an overreaction, but like PP, he wouldn't have done it intentionally?)

LilacIce Sun 10-Apr-16 12:43:16

The worst thing is they weren't even our guests it was someone else's party!

The outside looked cooked but the middle was totally raw, pink and slimy.

I just can't believe he could be so careless and not check they were cooked through!

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 10-Apr-16 12:43:40

you could send a quick message to ask if everyone's chicken was ok, that you are worried one or two might not have been cooked quite through. It might be the kindest thing to do.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 10-Apr-16 12:45:18

I ate raw chicken at a bbq once when it was going dark and I didn't notice it wasnt cooked through, so it is quite possible.

ClopySow Sun 10-Apr-16 12:45:34

Being so angry you can barely look at him is an extreme over reaction.

Being concerned about others isn't.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 10-Apr-16 12:46:53

I really hate to say it, but campylobacter takes a few days before it hits you and usually is just the rear end.

But if the chicken isnt contaminated with it, then you can't get it.

LilacIce Sun 10-Apr-16 12:47:49

OhYou, did you get ill?

It was in friend's garden and conservatory, by lantern-light, so quite possible we didn't notice.

BolshierAryaStark Sun 10-Apr-16 12:48:01

He didn't do it on purpose did he so your massive overreaction to this is VU.

LilacIce Sun 10-Apr-16 12:48:44

The chicken had been frozen beforehand, would that kill bacteria?

MidniteScribbler Sun 10-Apr-16 12:49:29

I'm OCD about food safety and always over-cook meat, he thinks I'm overreacting. Am I?

Well for one thing, stop over cooking meat. You're ruining it.

Cocolepew Sun 10-Apr-16 12:50:37

Chicken wrapped in bacon can look pink even though it is cooked was it definitely raw?
Nobody would eat raw chicken.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 10-Apr-16 12:54:52

I did, but the others didn't smile I bear my friends no ill will, it was an accident that ensured that I am always more careful about checking what I am biting into..

I hesitated about posting because you probably need reassurance more than anything else. It is done now. It probably will be ok. You might feel better about having immodium in (always a reassuring thing to have in anyway)

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 10-Apr-16 12:57:44

I just googled - frozen chicken is less frequently contaminated AND less heavily contaminated, so that weighs in your favour a long way.

GabiSolis Sun 10-Apr-16 13:26:38

I'm sure you'll be fine and no I wouldn't contact the others. Your DH is probably right anyway.

Yes you are being OTT about it, but 'OCD about food safety'? You either have OCD or you don't. More likely you mean you are over cautious and anxious.

Whatamuckingfuddle Sun 10-Apr-16 13:27:38

I shouldn't worry until someone gets ill. Obviously it wasn't on purpose so maybe just try and keep calm, make up with DH and next time you bring food to a buffet just make sure it's properly cooked or lace it with Imodium

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