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BANGKOK 13 December 2018 22:17
giddyup

Surprised to see counter staff handling meat with bare hands at Big C Extra.

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Bought a couple of pieces of Aussie sirloin at Big C Extra, and was surprised to see the guy behind the counter, who was a falang surprisingly, who spoke no Thai, grab the two pieces out using his bare hands. Now I know most of the bacteria will be killed in the cooking process, but I expected a higher level of visible hygiene at Big C. Even at Makro the counter staff use disposable gloves. The sirloin was excellent BTW, 250 baht for two thick pieces, more than enough for a meal for two. I'll never buy Thai beef again after the last piece I tried that was totally inedible due to it's toughness.

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7 minutes ago, LennyW said:

Cant ever recall the local butcher wearing gloves of any sort!

What local butcher, where? I'm trying to recall if my butcher in Australia ever wore plastic gloves, but my memory fails me.

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I've only lived here 4 months and that would not surprise me - thailand ways of doing things are very layed back.  Big C is sort of a discount store like walmart to me.  But as you say - the cooking will kill any surface bacteria - should get a meat thermometer to make sure center of steak is 140 - 160 F or 60 - 70 degrees C.  

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1 minute ago, RicUSA said:

I've only lived here 4 months and that would not surprise me - thailand ways of doing things are very layed back.  Big C is sort of a discount store like walmart to me.  But as you say - the cooking will kill any surface bacteria - should get a meat thermometer to make sure center of steak is 140 - 160 F or 60 - 70 degrees C.  

I'm used to seeing tables of chicken and pork laid out uncovered and people rooting through for the best looking pieces, but it surprised me to see counter staff handling meat bare handed, especially a falang.

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It's good that you see what happens and then you can make up your mind if you think that is a risk.

 

I saw one in a supermarket in Sukhumvit Soi 11 (now moved) lots of cold cut products in front of the fridge. The staff put it there for presentation. But that was not the worst part. In the evening they put the products back in the refrigerated shelf. So anybody who bought something from that shelf (maybe the next day) and thought it was all the time cold might have a bad surprise.

That was the moment when I decided I won't buy anything which should be cool in that shop anymore.

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4 hours ago, giddyup said:

most of the bacteria will be killed in the cooking process,

The bacteria from his arse wiping would have killed the bacteria from the snot, too. 

 

 

Was washing my hands in a bathroom at some Plaza place one lunchtime, 2 chef guys from some mock Sushi/Jap/Korean place came out of their stalls, went to the sinks, did their hair, scratched and plucked at various parts of their face and teeth, then went off back to work. No water used.

 

 

 

 

 

Yummy!

 

Perhaps Thailand had a very successful 'Save Water' campaign in the past. 

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