From slimeburgers to oily oysters and salmonella-tainted eggs, 2010 kept dishing up yucky food news like a lunch lady gone postal. In case you’ve forgotten — put down that Four Loko, now! — we’ve rounded up the year’s 10 biggest scandals and travesties, including the very latest exposé from the Humane Society’s undercover investigators.
So tell us: Which of these were you most afraid to put in your mouth this year? Vote for the scariest — or click through the slideshow for explanations of our fears.
This past August, half a billion eggs potentially tainted with salmonella invaded American kitchens. If you weren’t among the estimated 2,000 people who got sick, there was other stuff to scare you: check out what horrors the FDA found when it finally got around to inspecting those factories, and consider that the chick magnate behind the recall had already established himself as a “habitual violator” of environmental, labor, and animal-welfare good practices … and is still probably the largest U.S. producer of eggs.
Update: The results are in:
What were you most afraid to put in your mouth this year?
- 20.9 percent — “Corn sugar”
- 19.5 percent — Hamburgers
- 16.1 percent — Genetically engineered salmon
- 10.3 percent — Smithfield pork
- 9.6 percent — Gulf seafood
- 8.1 percent — Alcoholic energy drinks
- 7.4 percent — School lunches
- 3.5 percent — Eggs
- 3 percent — Bluefin tuna
- 1.7 percent — Raw milk and cheese