The Dreaded Hair(s)

Katy over at Non-Consumer Advocate posted an interesting question this morning: What do you do with takeout food when you find a hair in it?

In her case, it wasn’t just a single one, but a “nest of hair.” The restaurant refunded her money, but the food remained, prompting that question.

How we approach the haired-upon food is an individual decision, just like the 5-second rule. From comments on the post, the consensus seems to be that the nest factor crosses the ‘gag line.’

Hopefully, we can keep the be-fouled food out of the landfill, by composting some or feeding the family pet. Washing the food, first, can’t hurt.

And I think there may be a way to salvage the meat, which is much worse to waste, given its ethical and carbon footprint, with a bacteria- and ickyness-killing boil.

What’s your take?

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One Comment

  1. Posted February 27, 2012 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Composting gets my vote, even being a ‘no-waste gal’. It does cross the line, a nest of hair is extreme contamination by my standards. It’s the old adage ‘what you don’t know doesn’t hurt you’. Had it been a strand of hair who’d have been the wiser? and the meal probably would have been consumed. But once you know it’s been there you can’t get away from it. Of course how tickled stomached you are also comes into it. In the UK we have aging comedian – Freddie Starr – well known for eating pretty much most grotesque things. I’m sure he wouldn’t have the same issues I have with food hygiene!

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