Wraps and Salad Have Sickened Hundreds

Salad, Fresh, Veggies, Vegetables
Over 400 people are sickened by eating salad, food wraps and other things that contain fresh (uncooked) vegetables at different fast food chain restaurants since May 1, 2018. Others recently became sick after eating prepared salads or using vegetables bagged as salad ingredients brought home from food shop chains. Some men and women who prefer to lick the spoon after mixing homemade or prepackaged cookie or cake dough also got sick on account of the flour (already recalled) or eggs (salmonella) in the mix. Why have things like fresh vegetables and flour suddenly turn into a potential health threat?
No one 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 vegetables or prepared foods that contain them such as salads, tacos, wraps etc. Others got sick from raw batter and a few fruits. Please note that this was not just your typical case of food poisoning due to 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. Sadly, that hasn’t been the problem. Dirt and external contaminates like pesticides could be washed off vegetables. Washing will do nothing for veggies infected with campylobacter, e coli and listeria. There are more cases of vegetables infected with these contaminants now than ever before.
For several years the exact groups of migrant workers and their children picked U.S. grown produce. They tended to move around the country because they had work the majority of the year. When there was no create to harvest, they got jobs in food processing plants. However, as fast food franchises and chain restaurants became extremely popular in the 1980s and 1990s, growers grew more and there was a need for larger numbers of individuals to pick and help harvest their crops. This caused a massive influx of new faces from Mexico and South American Nations.
The old joke (and just a movie name ) 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 is because raw sewage is dumped into whatever water is available to move it away from populated areas in places lacking treatment facilities. This fact is proven by the normal contamination of seawater off San Diego beaches that’s sometimes so polluted with Mexican sewage that swimming is unsafe.
In many cases the identical freshwater that is badly contaminated with sewage is used for drinking and washing clothes. Because this has gone on for so long, the people in those places have built up immunities to most of the contaminates. However, they remain in their bodies. Sometimes growers do not offer any or proper portable restroom facilities for pickers or employees. Likewise, food processing plants that don’t enforce handwashing or other food safety procedures end up with the identical problem if their employees make physical contact with food through touch or perspiration.
Dangerous bacteria are sucked up into crops through the water they absorb from the ground. That type of contamination cannot be washed out; it is in the food. The same is true if bacteria gets into processed foods through carelessness. Testing helps with processing facilities, but it’s usually too late to catch all the tainted food products in time to keep everybody safe. Last year raw vegetables and a fresh fruit made one in six people in the USA and Canada sick. Far more than became sick due to undercooked or tainted beef, poultry, pork or fish. We don’t have the immunities that the pickers and food workers have to fight off harmful contaminants. So what can be done?
I suggest microwaving uncooked veggies for 1-2 minutes on high power. Scientists disagree with one another on the advantage of microwaving, but it has worked for me and my family for ages.
Fruits, well I can only suggest that you buy veggies and fruit grown in the united states. There are also many ways to cook fruit and still maintain its taste and health benefits. Cook meats and eggs 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 badly contaminated breeding pools outside the USA

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