Consumer washing of produce below par, study finds - The Packer

Consumer washing of produce below par, study finds

05/18/2011 02:05:00 PM
Matt Morgan

Tracking the number of foodborne illnesses due to contamination caused in the home is difficult, Bruhn said.

“It’s really tough to know that,” she said. “If something is contaminated in the field, you will likely have a large number of people become ill from it. That’s the type of incident where local and federal health authorities see the statistics and trace it back. But if contamination occurs at home, those are sporadic. There are sporadic cases all the time, and of those we know only some who become quite ill. Many are not reported because they don’t end up in the hospita

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Barbara Glancy    
Homestead FL  |  June, 01, 2011 at 10:05 AM

"Garden Fresh from the Valley HO HO HO " Consumers think of washng off bugs, and sand, not microbes. The Jolly Green Giant never mentioned micobes in the 60's. Maybe we should just go back to eating canned and frozen and leave all the blame to the companies and not the consumer. Buy fresh, grow fresh, take it in the house wash it and eat it. Go back for more. Fresh is the best, dont' pick more then you can consume that day and train yourself to only take home the best of the best and leave the rest. You will be surprised how the selection diminishes in some regions when you do that. Just because it is in the grocery does it mean it is paletable, fresh, or safe. It is the perception of fresh markets work so hard at. The consumers work is to develope a system to decode it all. Remember even in times of plenty wolves fast!

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