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    Experts fear listeria may be moving into produce

    Listeria, the culprit in an outbreak linked to cantaloupe that's killed at least 13 people in 18 states, is one of the most severe foodborne infections there is.


    In my entire life...there hasnt been food borne killer sickness like there have been in the last 10 yrs or so....WHY????

    Is it foreign labor that do not have our sanitary standards...like washing your hands after defecating...but this just gets scarier
    and scarier especially for parents of young kids that are trying to feed them more fruits and vegetables...as this scare is going on
    Theres a new one with hundreds of thousands of lbs of ground beef that may have E-coli....this cant be taken lightly.


    Experts fear listeria may be moving into produce - USATODAY.com

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    Re: Experts fear listeria may be moving into produce

    We need to seriously consider irradiating food. I support a clearly marked irradiated alternative for those of us who want to avoid these risks.

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    Re: Experts fear listeria may be moving into produce

    Scarey.....especially if you have children and you want them to eat fruits and veggies..because they are good for you

    16 dead and climbing and 90 sickened and climbing
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    Re: Experts fear listeria may be moving into produce

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    We need to seriously consider irradiating food. I support a clearly marked irradiated alternative for those of us who want to avoid these risks.
    People are utterly terrified of even the mention of the word radiation. They freak out over radiation exposures that are less than spending a day at the beach. I say irradiate the food and don't tell them
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    Re: Experts fear listeria may be moving into produce

    I did some searchs and Im not seeing that listeria is passed to fruit and veggies by humans...its passed by a bacteria in animals bowels..Im assuming via their feces...thats in the soil
    Ive also read that you can protect yourself from it by not buying bruised of damaged fruit and veggies that allow the listeria bacteria to enter the interior...scrubbing the outside of fruit before you cut it is imperative and my wife and I have been doing that for years along with veggies..
    You have to look at what you buying..turn the fruit over, look for any breaks in the skin...buy a good salad spinner...like Oxo or kitchen aid and thoroughly wash your salads and veggies before cooking...and you will mininize greatly any risks to you or your family....

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    Re: Experts fear listeria may be moving into produce

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    People are utterly terrified of even the mention of the word radiation. They freak out over radiation exposures that are less than spending a day at the beach. I say irradiate the food and don't tell them
    It's better to label it to placate those who subscribe to the woo that irradiation poses a greater threat than the real threat of foodborne pathogens.

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    Re: Experts fear listeria may be moving into produce

    From the CDC:

    Which foodborne diseases could be prevented with irradiation?

    Treating raw meat and poultry with irradiation at the slaughter plant could eliminate bacteria commonly found raw meat and raw poultry, such as E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella, and Campylobacter. These organisms currently cause millions of infections and thousands of hospitalizations in the United States every year. Raw meat irradiation could also eliminate Toxoplasma organisms, which can be responsible for severe eye and congenital infections.

    Irradiating prepared ready-to-eat meats like hot dogs and deli meats, could eliminate the risk of Listeria from such foods. Irradiation could also eliminate bacteria like Shigella and Salmonella from fresh produce. The potential benefit is also great for those dry foods that might be stored for long times and transported over great distances, such as spices and grains. Animal feeds are often contaminated with bacteria like Salmonella. Irradiation of animal feeds could prevent the spread of Salmonella and other pathogens to livestock through feeds.

    Disease Listing, Food Irradiation | CDC Bacterial, Mycotic Diseases

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    Re: Experts fear listeria may be moving into produce

    Irradiating food? You've got to be kidding me. That would just kill anything nutritious in it. If you enjoy eating dead food then be my guest. Our food is already crap in this country, might as well add some spent plutonium to the mix. Honestly.

    How about we actually enforce inspection laws on production plants, something that is currently lacking? The industrial food industry makes shortcuts galore and abuses antibiotics, and when the public gets sick from superbugs the government AND food industry acts like the reasons are isolated.

    The problems are systemic. Profits take the priority to human health.

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    Re: Experts fear listeria may be moving into produce

    Nothing is perfect. And our food supply certainly never will be. We're hearing about it more frequently probably because of better communication...the doctors/hospitals/CDC and the FDA...as well as advanced diagnostic methods. If I had to guess, I'd say there's probably less contamination now than ever, but we just identify and publicize it more.

    We're very fortunate that our food is as safe as it is, in my opinion. What a target for sabotage THAT would be.

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    Re: Experts fear listeria may be moving into produce

    I don't remember where I heard this, but I thought some brands of canned foods had been being irradiated for years. Libby's products?

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