So you have heard about grill brush danger and you want to know if your grill brush is going to kill you? The chances of that are very slim. There is a danger hidden in your typical grill brush though. In fact back in 2012 the CDC actually issued a warning about it.
What’s the danger?
Grill brush danger is caused by the metal bristles breaking off or pulling out of the head. The small thin metal wires can get stuck in the grates of the grill and get transferred into your food. When that food is eaten the bristle can get lodged in your digestive tract causing major medical issues. Made worse by the fact that they are so small they are hard to find in an X-ray.
Chances of that happening are slim and none right?
It’s not very likely but it is more likely than you think. According to published news reports between 2002 and 2014 1,698 cases were reported. Another story says between 2012 and 2017 almost 1600 cases were reported. That lands us between 3 to 5 cases a week of this unlikely event happening. Not sure if these numbers are just the U.S. or worldwide.
Random thought: Is there some guy in an office somewhere who’s only job is to call around to every hospital to find this out? If so, how much do we pay this guy?
My grill brush is going to kill me. I need to throw it out right now!
Not so fast. If your grill brush is in good condition just inspect the bristles after every use. Look for some bristles that stick out further or are bent throw it away. Worn bristles, better safe than sorry, throw it out. For a dirty brush clean it with some degreaser and then inspect it. When your stuck using a beat up grill brush inspect your grates after every use.
Whew, I feel better now that I averted that tragedy. Hmm…how do I clean my grill now?
To avoid grill brush danger just, change the style of brush that you use. There are many bristle-free cleaning tools on the market today. See below.
Bristleless Barbecue Grill Cleaning Brush Scrubber$1.99 Add to cart
Nylon Bristle Grill Brush Smart Start Triple Head$18.99 Add to cart
Mesh Scrubber Grill Brush Long$14.99 Add to cart
Mesh Scrubber Grill Brush Short$9.99 Add to cart
What is not shown above is the wooden paddle type grill cleaning tool. This is newer to the market. I am not sure that I am sold on it yet. It’s just another option to consider.
aka Sultan of Sizzle
I have been blogging about and selling grilling tool for over 12 years. A Certified Food Safety Professional, KCBS member, award winning writer and have over 10 years experience in the food service industry.
“I have experienced some of the best food this country has to offer and nothing is better than the food that comes off my own grill!”