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Green onions 2005. Spinach 2006. Tomatos 2008. And that's just what we've been told about.
It was large enough to be reported. Numerous er's responding. It is not enough to be a vegan these days.
# How do I get salmonellosis? You get salmonellosis from food and water contaminated with salmonella bacteria. # How does salmonella get in vegetables like tomatoes and lettuce? Vegetables can come into contact with contaminated water. A bacteria-carrying person who forgets to wash their hands before food preparation can contaminate vegetables. Vegetables can also become contaminated if placed in close proximity to or mixed with raw poultry, meat or eggs, and unpasteurized milk. # Which vegetables are most prone to contamination? There are no specific vegetables prone to salmonella contamination. Any vegetable, or fruit, even, may be contaminated if in close proximity to bacteria-carrying sources. For example, contaminated mangos and tomatoes each resulted in salmonella outbreaks in 1990, cantaloupes in 1991, and sprouts in 1996.
Transmission also comes through municipal recycling of wastewater into crop fields. This is quite common in emerging industrial economies, and poses serious risks for not only local crop sales but also exports of contaminated vegetables. A 1986 outbreak of ascariasis in Italy was traced to irresponsible wastewater recycling used to grow Balkan vegetable exports.
Florida tomato industry in 'complete collapse'
UPDATE 1-Florida tomato industry in 'complete collapse'
Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:35am EDT
By Jane Sutton
MIAMI, June 10 (Reuters) - Florida's tomato industry is in "complete collapse" and $40 million worth of tomatoes will rot unless federal regulators quickly trace the source of a salmonella outbreak and clear the state's produce, an industry official said on Tuesday.
"We probably have $40 million worth of product we can't sell. We've had to stop packing, stop picking," said Reggie Brown, executive vice president of the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Saturday warned U.S. consumers that the outbreak was linked to eating certain raw red plum, red Roma, and red round tomatoes, and products containing these tomatoes. Several major restaurant and grocery chains have stopped selling those varieties.
"We're very interested in seeing the FDA bring resolution to this and also would like to express concern for those who've fallen ill," Brown told Reuters.
"It fundamentally shut down the industry," he said.
Florida is the largest tomato-producing state, with a crop valued at $500 million to $700 million annually, he said. The state produces more than 90 percent of the nation's tomatoes this time of year, Brown said. (Editing by Jim Loney and Matthew Lewis)
Originally posted by applebiter
No grand conspiracy - just market pressures.
I think there's something inherantly wrong with the meat factory sort of way of doing things, and a lot of our problems with food come from corporate farming management.
Raw human sewage is now one of Canada's biggest waste disposal problems.
After the water contained in the sewage is treated and released the question is what to do with the enormous volumes of black sludge that is left behind.
In some cases it's ending up as fertilizer on agricultural land.
Bill Allison has been using sewage sludge on his fields for years. "It works good, it's essentially just like liquid manure. We need the nutrients that are in it, especially the nitrogen, it's high in nitrogen and it's high in phosphorous nine."
Another big attraction for the Ontario farmer - it's free.
Taking nutrient rich human waste and using it to nourish the land is not a new concept. Many say its a good idea in principle, but critics ask what about human pathogens and what about all of the heavy metals and chemicals that also get dumped down the drain?