Ensure all wire brushing are cleared off your washed grill

Jul 30, 2015

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Before you go to clean he grill before your next cookout, keep this horrifying news in mind.

Doctors warn that using wire bristle brushes could be hazardous to your health. The risk: The brush’s wire bristles can break off, remain on the grill grate and end up in the food you’re cooking. Then, once you eat it, they could potentially lodge in your stomach or intestines and cause major damage.

Two days after Cheryl Harrison ate a hamburger while grilling out a home, she felt sharp pains and was rushed to the hospital. “It was just a pain that I have never felt before,” Harrison, who lives in Connecticut, told the local news station. “I felt my stomach was bloated… extremely tender to the touch.”

A CT scan showed a foreign object and she had to undergo emergency surgery to remove an inch-long piece of metal from her intestine. Her husband had cleaned their grill with a wire brush before cooking, and Harrison had unknowingly ingested a bristle in her burger.

Unfortunately, her situation isn’t uncommon. Last summer, a Connecticut girl named Anna Dunn had surgery to remove a wire from her throat after eating a hot dog at a picnic.