Fast Food Wraps and Salad Have Sickened Hundreds

Salad, Figs, Cheese, Goat Cheese
Over 400 people are sickened by eating salad, food wraps and other things that contain fresh (uncooked) veggies at different fast food chain restaurants because May 1, 2018. Others recently became ill after eating prepared salads or using vegetables bagged as salad ingredients brought home from food store chains. Some people who prefer to lick the spoon after mixing homemade or prepackaged cake or cookie dough also got sick due to the flour (already remembered ) or eggs (salmonella) in the mix. Why have things like fresh vegetables and flour suddenly turn into a potential health threat?
Nobody will like the answer, but it’s the truth. In the late 1990s and early 2000s a lot of people started to become seriously ill and some died after eating fresh veggies or prepared foods that contain them like salads, tacos, wraps etc. Others got sick from raw batter and some fruits. Please be aware that this was not just your average case of food poisoning caused by stale or undercooked food. These cases involved possible killers like campylobacter, e coli and listeria. Why so many cases and how did they get into our food?
You might be thinking this has to do with home cooks and restaurant employees not washing fresh veggies before using them in something like a salad, sandwich or wrap. Regrettably, that hasn’t been the problem. Dirt and outside contaminates like pesticides could be washed off vegetables. Washing will do nothing for vegetables infected with campylobacter, e coli and listeria. There are more cases of vegetables infected with these contaminants today than ever before.
For several years the same groups of migrant workers and their children picked U.S. grown produce. They tended to move around the nation because they had work the majority of the year. When there wasn’t any create to harvest, they obtained jobs in food processing plants. This caused a huge influx of fresh faces from Mexico and South American Nations.
The old joke (and even a movie title) says,”Don’t drink the water south of the border.” Why? Since the water supply in many of these poor countries is dangerously contaminated with all kinds of bacteria. That’s because raw sewage is dumped into whatever water is available to move it away from populated areas in areas lacking treatment facilities. This fact is proven by the normal pollution of seawater off San Diego beaches that’s sometimes so contaminated with Mexican sewer that swimming is dangerous.
Oftentimes the identical freshwater that’s badly contaminated with sewage is used for drinking and washing clothes. Since this has gone on for so long, the people in these places have built up immunities to most of the contaminates. However, they stay in their bodies. Sometimes growers do not provide any or proper portable restroom facilities for pickers or workers. Contaminates in their bodies end up in the ground. Likewise, food processing plants that do not enforce handwashing or other food safety procedures end up with the identical problem if their workers make physical contact with food through touch or sweat.
Dangerous bacteria are sucked up into plants through the water they absorb from the ground. That type of contamination can’t be washed out; it is in the food. The exact same goes if bacteria gets into processed foods through carelessness. Testing helps with processing facilities, but it’s usually too late to catch all of the tainted food products in time to keep everybody safe. Last year uncooked vegetables and some fresh fruit made one in six people in the USA and Canada sick. Far more than became ill because of undercooked or tainted beef, chicken, pork or seafood. We do not have the immunities that the pickers and food employees have to fight off dangerous contaminants. So what can be done?
First, identify the problem foods that people tend to eat raw. Scientists disagree with one another on the benefit of microwaving, but it’s worked for me and my family for ages.
Fruits, well I can only recommend that you purchase fruit and veggies grown in the USA. Additionally, there are many ways to cook fruit and still maintain its taste and health benefits. Cook eggs and meats thoroughly and avoid unpasteurized milk and cheeses. Beware of meats or fish produced and processed in other countries. Not long ago people were sickened by shrimp raised in severely contaminated breeding pools outside the USA

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