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I accidentally dropped my steak in soapy dish water for a couple of seconds then rinsed it off and now I'm marinating it. Will it be safe to eat?

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Dish soap won't kill you. You probably eat it, in traces, with every meal.

If you can't smell it or taste it, then no real harm done.

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    If the dish water were dirty, would the extra contaminants be a threat? – BalinKingOfMoria Reinstate CMs Mar 1 at 4:46
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    @BalinKingOfMoriaReinstateCMs unless the OP was planning to make steak tartare, no. – Stephie Mar 1 at 9:28
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    If the dishwater was dirty enough to be a health hazard… why would you still be washing up in it? – Tetsujin Mar 2 at 11:31
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    @Joe As a life long UK resident this is the first I'm hearing this... – user76129 Mar 2 at 12:39
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    You guys are either just making this up now, or you're washing your dishes in 80% carbolic & battery acid. I've never heard anything so over-the-top. – Tetsujin Mar 2 at 18:32
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I audit meat plants in the US and there is actually a thing called a meat wash sink. Red meat can legally be picked up off the floor and washed in a sink, but not with soap. I am agreeing this is pretty disgusting, but it is the case. I have done a similar thing and been fine, but do not do this in a restaurant please, it is not OK there. As long as you remove the soap you're fine, but if the water had old food or other items, then, well, that is not the best idea.

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    If you tolerate this in a meat plant, why not in a restaurant? – bobuhito Mar 2 at 1:00
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    @bobuhito Because then the cat is out of the bag. People in the modern day just freak out by the tiniest things. – tfrascaroli Mar 2 at 13:46
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    @bobuhito Sink washed meat is the dollar store special. Paying for non-floor meat at a restaurant is an expectation. – MonkeyZeus Mar 2 at 14:24
  • Restaurant grill-station cook, after dropping a NY strip on the floor: "No germ could survive that fall." *rinse and serve. – Beanluc Mar 2 at 21:53
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    Do you have any source on the regulations that allow steak rinsing? – Alex D Mar 2 at 22:55

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