Minneapolis Ecuadorian festivalgoers eat guinea pig, get sick

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Eighty-one people went to either HCMC or the Minneapolis Children's Hospital after scarfing down eats at the Ecuadorian Independence Festival on August 11.

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According to a Star Tribune report, many of them ate a traditional Ecuadorian dish that contained guinea pig meat. Might that be evidence humans aren't supposed to chow cute little fellers like the one pictured above?

Not quite. Hennepin County Public Health spokesman Bill Belknap told the Strib that "It was most likely a bad food item or items being poorly handled."

"The diseased organism that originated somewhere got spread to other food items by cross contamination," he continued.

The moral of the story? If you're going to eat cute animals that aren't usually prepared for human consumption in this part of the world, at least make sure they're cooked properly.

The Strib reports that everyone who was sickened was treated and released. Many of them tested positive for salmonella poisoning.

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Andrew Lancaster Bee
Andrew Lancaster Bee

your friends thought it a unique opportunity to try eating a family pet? "Hey you only live once, let's try eating 'Flower' the guniea pig? If we enjoy its 'sweet meat' we can always swing by the pet store in the states for more?" That what they were thinking I suppose?

Andrew Lancaster Bee
Andrew Lancaster Bee

Matthias is the reason for all the "lost cat" and "lost dog" posters around town. "A small terrier can feed 6-8 people in most regions."

Andrew Lancaster Bee
Andrew Lancaster Bee

Sounds like Matthias has consumed many a guniea pig in his day and likely has some good recipes. Hahaha "4-6 people" "in most regions". HAHAHA. Love it.

Andrew Lancaster Bee
Andrew Lancaster Bee

Horrible horrible people. This IS NOT ECUADOR. You don't eat guinea pigs, or dogs, or cats, or lizards here.

maalva8762
maalva8762

Unless you are a vegetarian shut your ignorant mouth. This is a popular food in Ecuador, so stop criticizing their culture/cuisine because you're a self-centered person living in America and are ignorant to others cultures..

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

waht happens if you pick a guinea pig up by the tail?


its eyes fall out!

Joy Morse
Joy Morse

Serves them right. It simply isn't necessary to consume guinea pigs in this country and not traditional here.

Erin Sayer
Erin Sayer

I thought it said 'evilgoers'. Which is what people who eat guinea pigs are, EVIL. Serves them right hahah

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

I hope no white women were dumb enough to eat this 

hipsters too - they probably were 47 of the 81

Kim Tee
Kim Tee

Oy! All the admissions HCMC had to do! Gads!

Tom Boyle
Tom Boyle

It is a cultural thing. I saw this on the Travel channel with Anthony Bourdain. Would could you scarf down a face like that...:P

Linda Mae Chover
Linda Mae Chover

I was not sure which ones Irina - no blame or shame intended - I think perhaps Peru is one where they roast them because some friends tried it while visiting

Irina López
Irina López

South America has 13 countries and only three or four eat "cuy" (guinea pigs). Please, don't generalize.

Matthew Vannelli
Matthew Vannelli

According to the article, not all the people that got sick ate the guinea pig. Assumption based evidence is as sweet and lean as guinea pig meat.

cinatyte
cinatyte

If you're going to eat animals, make sure they're prepared properly."

This is really all that needed to be said. No need to bring cultural implications, or "cuteness" into play.

Naomi Tauberman
Naomi Tauberman

Take a Tums, Janey. You'll be okay ;) Perhaps I AM ignorant in regards to the consumption of guineas, but I did catch your sarcasm ;) Have a wonderful day.

Naomi Tauberman
Naomi Tauberman

I understand that even rats and such are consumed (along with cats, dogs, etc.) but seriously; how much meat is there on a guinea?

winnerbowzer
winnerbowzer

"The moral of the story? If you're going to eat cute animals that aren't a part of American cuisine, at least make sure they're prepared properly."

What? American cuisine is somehow exempt from scrutiny? Jagoffs

Naomi Tauberman
Naomi Tauberman

Eating guinea pigs? I think I've heard it all now. Gross.

facebook25
facebook25

By the way, American "Cuisine" is pretty revolting to the rest of the world.  

facebook25
facebook25

What the fuck, City Pages?   Bigots, much?

Jake1423
Jake1423

This is about as culturally insensitive as it gets. Cultural imperialism at it's finest.

MPLS
MPLS

HA! That's what you get for eating animals!

andrewellisbee
andrewellisbee

@maalva8762  stop holding others cultures as a--"Sacred  Cow" and putting them on a pedestal when they are unnecessary and quite barbaric here.  The Nazis had a culture of extermination when it comes down to it, to make an over the top point.  But we don't have to go there a tribe in New Guinea (Ironic no?) in their culture were giving themselves Kuru (quite deadly and agonizing) by their practice of cleaning and cannibalizing their dead.  Should this be practiced still because it is their culture?  To give a pass to all cultures and practices and to not criticize them so as to not be deemed "Ignorant" and "American" is not a wise choice.  And I know nothing of other cultures.  Clearly.  You inferred correctly and gleaned that golden nugget of truth from 3 sentences I wrote. Well done.


laxx1559
laxx1559

@digitalprotocol Of course it was white women and hipsters.  Ecuadorians would know to avoid that stand, or that dish.

maalva8762
maalva8762

@Naomi Tauberman others eat rats, dogs, insects... Seems to me you have been living in your own little world. Grow up.


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