Cannibal sandwiches are a popular holiday appetizer in Wisconsin, but they are making folks sick. A cannibal sandwich consists of raw ground beef, like an uncooked hamburger, and it is served on cocktail bread. These cannibal sandwiches are still on holiday party menus in Wisconsin, even with all that is known today about E coli and uncooked meet, according to ABC News on Dec. 6.
People in Wisconsin are still chancing it and chowing down on the cannibal sandwich. This is especially true with ethnic groups who have eaten this dish as a tradition for decades.’
This raw dish has been around for a long time, but you may know the cannibal sandwich under a different name. Maybe you have seen the stars in the movies of the 40s and 50s order steak tartare, which is the same thing. This is basically what a cannibal sandwich is. It is also called tiger meat.
During the 2012 holiday season, four confirmed and 13 likely cases of E coli were traced back to the cannibal sandwiches served at one holiday gathering in Wisconsin, according to the CDC. The same type of outbreaks happened in 1972, 1978 and 1994 that was linked back to the raw meat served in these cannibal sandwiches at a holiday gatherings.
Wisconsin’s state health and agriculture departments issued a warning on Thursday telling residents of the state to not eat the cannibal sandwiches due to the possibility of E coli from eating raw meat. Meat needs to be cooked to the internal temperature of 160 degrees. They suggest that people use a food thermometer to take the temp of the food.
There's a good chance that cannibal sandwiches will still be offered up somewhere in Wisconsin during the holidays as it's tradition.