A warning about raw vegetables - Careful when buying those pre-washed salads(organic or not)Submitted by ecard71 on Sat, 03/23/2013 - 17:09
Is there anything safe left to eat??? I mean other than growing your own food, it seems like you can't take anything for granted. How many people innocently take a packaged "PRE-WASHED" salad and just dig in? I'm sure that millions do. The "experts" solution? Irradiate and/or cook(effectively killing all the nutrients)!:
"Salad labelled as "ready-to-eat" is more dangerous than beefburgers, one of Britain`s top food experts has said, following a spate of Cryptosporidium infections linked to the product.
Certain types of bacteria found in the pre-cut salad bags can be almost impossible to kill, Professor Hugh Pennington said, unless the leaves are irradiated – a process the public would oppose. "Vegetables are fine and safe if they are cooked in the traditional British way of boiling them to death. The only danger comes when you eat them raw."
His claim follows a Health Protection Agency investigation into an outbreak of salad-linked Cryptosporidium infections that affected around 300 people in England and Scotland in May. Professor Pennington also pointed out that a bean sprout farm in northern Germany was identified as the most likely source of many of the infections in the E. coli outbreak that left 22 people dead in 2011.
The farm, located in Uelzen, south of Hamburg, was the epicentre of the outbreak that has also made more than 2,000 people ill.
"These bugs are very good at clinging on to salad and the risk from cryptosporidium, salmonella and listeria is very real."I would advise people to thoroughly wash salad even when it says it has been washed and is ready to eat."
"My understanding is that this farm in Germany was an organic one and there are more risks with organic food. For example organic chicken has more bugs than non-organic because they spend longer in the field and have wild bird droppings on them etc.
Vegetables are fine and safe if they are cooked in the traditional British way of boiling them to death. The only danger comes when you eat them raw."