Heh. Reminds me of the Walkerton water crisis, where so many people were seriously injured / died of e-coli poisoning. In truth, our water standards weren't as stringent as they should have been in Ontario before that....they figure that most of us (especially those that grew up in rural areas) had built up a healthy tolerance/immunity to e-coli over the years.
I suspect this is the reason that most prepared meats are SO full of preservatives....that they could survive these conditions without people getting sick. Do kids even brown bag it in the cities anymore??
But, there was this one time that we cooked a turkey in the ground (you know, where you put a layer of hot coals from the camp fire down, then an inch or two of dirt, then the turkey wrapped layers of foil, then more dirt to hold the heat in? Yeah....someone didn't do the math on that one...we all got really sick.