CONTAMINATED CANTALOUPE SICKENS 17 PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, MARYLAND, OREGON AND WASHINGTON…

Posted on March 26, 2011. Filed under: Food / Drink / Travel..., Health and Wellness..., NEWS... | Tags: , , , , , , |

Last June, I posted a LIST OF FRUITS AND VEGGIES THAT CONTAIN THE MOST PESTICIDES AND THOSE THAT CONTAIN LITTLE OR NO PESTICIDES…

 

Now I learn that about 17 people have gotten sick since early February in California, Colorado, Maryland, Oregon and Washington possibly from cantaloupe contaminated with Salmonella Panama.  Authorities traced the outbreak to the Asuncion Mita Farm in Guatemala, that’s operated by Del Monte Produce, N.A., located in Coral Gables, FL.  Sales receipts show the tainted cantaloupe came from Costco stores located in Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington.

 

I had no idea that Del Monte douses whole melons in a chlorine and acid wash to kill bacteria on the skin before packaging.  Makes you wonder what other companies are doing to their produce before it hits grocery store shelves.  I now thank God I wash melons thoroughly.  As a matter of fact, not only do I use a fruit and veggie wash on hard-skinned produce, I also scrub the outside with a fruit-based natural dishwashing liquid and rinse well before we eat it.  I’m even doing it with bananas.  When I see people taking fruits and veggies and run them under cold water for just a couple of seconds and eat it, I cringe.

 

Here are The Negative Health Effects of Chlorine.

 

You may think I’m a germaphobe, but I think it’s important to take precautions when it comes to food.  Obviously, the efforts [of the Food and Drug Administration] to keep our food safe needs to be taken up a notch or two.  Since that will never happen, we have to depend upon ourselves to keep our families healthy.  Here’s the complete story…

 

Contaminated cantaloupe sicken people in Oregon, Washington and three other states

 

QueenBee

 

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