We have been having problems today with our firm’s spam filter – it is down. Between emails from lawyers, Nigerian chain mail and male enhancement medication sales, I thought about the other SPAM. According to Wikipedia, SPAM luncheon meat is a canned precooked meat product made by the Hormel Foods Corporation. The labeled ingredients in the Classic variety of Spam are: chopped pork shoulder meat with ham meat added, salt, water, sugar, and sodium nitrite to help "keep its color". The product has become part of many jokes and urban legends about mystery meat, which has made it part of pop culture and folklore.
In 14 years of doing food poisoning cases, I have never had one, or heard of one, tied to SPAM consumption. Any other information out there? Is this the food of the future? Update – apparently not – at least not in Hawaii:
Spam musubis suspect in food poisoning
“State officials said consumer mishandling of Spam, such as holding it without refrigeration for too long, could be the cause of some of the illnesses.”
So, people actually eat this, or do they just handle it?