I ate undercooked steak, what can happen to me?
What are the risks of eating undercooked steak?
I tried to cooked medium rare steak for the first time and I did not know about the palm trick to see it the meat is ready. I ate a bite and it was very soft. After I googled and found the hand/palm firmness trick,I realizes my meat was not cooked.
I am changing this to ask about the risks of a behavior, so it doesn't seem like it is asking for medical advise.
Mad cow disease is now an unlikely prospect, but if you're inclined to worry; it has done for 177 people in the United Kingdom alone as of 2009: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bovine_spongiform_encephalopathy
The risks of eating undercooked steak vary based on the the region, the risk status of the person involved (are they a child, elderly, or immunocompromised in any way).
For normal healthy adults, the risks of eating a single bit of under cooked steak in any of the industrialized nations are fairly small.
- Nothing might happen
- You might suffer from food-borne illness, most likely e coli. from steak, with consequences ranging from:
- You might get a "tummy ache"
- You might suffer flu-like symptoms or vomiting for a few days
- You might die, but it is quite unlikely
Note that food borne illness normally takes at least 24-48 hours to develop, and is related to the quantity of contaminated food consumed. One bite is lower risk than a whole meal (lower, not none).
If you are seriously concerned, you should consult your physician.
See also: Foodborne Diseases Factsheet from Texas state government