Food Safety

It is hard to pick up a paper today without reading about another food , dogfood, or toothpaste recall. Are we getting better or worse? I think we are getting better and more open about the health risks in out food supply.   My concern is not the number of foods recalled but the number of illnesses prevented.  We live in a country where fresh produce is available year-round.  With this all season availability comes some risk since most  will be grown in foreign countries.  Rasberries in Jan and grapes in Dec are a luxury that can sometimes carry illness.  Should we only buy native produce?  As for me, I will continue to enjoy the all season bounty and wash carefully.

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2 Responses to Food Safety

  1. mikelove says:

    I think if you look in general, things are getting better in every domain of life.

    Dave said that washing doesn’t get rid of bacteria or viruses on the surface of fruits or veggies. And a nutritionist came to my coop at Stanford and said that if you don’t wash your vegetables, you get sufficient amounts of vitamin B12.

  2. suelove says:

    “Washing Produce
    Before eating or preparing, wash fresh produce under cold running tap water to remove any lingering dirt. This reduces bacteria that may be present. If there is a firm surface, such as on apples or potatoes, the surface can be scrubbed with a brush. Consumers should not wash fruits and vegetables with detergent or soap. These products are not approved or labeled by the Food and Drug Administration for use on foods. You could ingest residues from soap or detergent absorbed on the produce”
    US Department of Agriculture Safe Food Handling.

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