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Consumer Food Safety

It’s time to grow food in a more careful manner, without any pesticides, herbicides, or dangerous chemicals. 

Eating is becoming dangerous in America! Almost every week, you can pick up a newspaper or turn on the news and learn about another instance of food poisoning or contamination.

FOOD SAFETY CONCERNS

The World Health Organization

Reports that 1 out of every 10 people fall ill each year due to food contamination, and 420,000 will die. Young children are especially vulnerable and some 125,000 children die each year from food-borne diseases.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

Says “contamination can occur at any point along the chain—during production, processing, distribution, or preparation,” and that “If the fields are sprayed with contaminated water for irrigation, fruits and vegetables can be contaminated before harvest.”

The World Health Organization

Recognizes food contamination as a global challenge and said in a statement: “Food contamination that occurs in one place may affect the health of consumers living on the other side of the planet.” In fact, a vast majority of people experience a food-borne or waterborne disease at some point in their lives. Consumption of contaminated foods causes illness in millions of people and many die as a result of it.

HealthyChildren.org

Says the bacteria that cause food poisoning cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted, so your child won’t know when she is eating them. They also recommend that you buy your food from reputable sources.

The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

States that “reducing food-borne illness by just 1 percent would keep about 500,000 Americans from getting sick each year. Reducing food-borne illness by 10 percent would keep about 5 million from getting sick.”

The Guardian

Reports that America's E coli outbreaks in salads are linked to cows, and that when produce growers and livestock operators share the land, wind, water, or even wild animals may carry E coli from manure to the produce fields.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

The CDC issued an emergency report about peaches having Salmonella contamination. The recall includes items purchased from Aldi, Walmart, Target, Kroger, and several other major chains.

Consumer Reports

Says that over 800 people have been sickened from with salmonella, and 116 people have been hospitalized, probably due to eating onions contaminated with the bacteria.

MarketWatch

On Thanksgiving, consumers should not serve grocery store bought romaine lettuce and that for the second consecutive year, the holiday is happening amid a nationwide outbreak of food-borne illness linked to the leafy greens.

Readers Digest

Says consumers should resist the temptation to buy precut salad, even if it’s prewashed, because “If vegetables are contaminated during processing, there’s nothing you can do. Rinsing greens doesn’t remove bacteria—only cooking will.”

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