Eat Those Veggies...
but washing them first is always a good idea.
I'm surprised it took so long to hear a call for a federal inspection program for fruits and vegetables, the latest tainted food from Taco Bell apparently being the impetus for the Santa Rosa Press- Democrat's call for more federal oversight in this area.
So just what is the fed supposed to do? Take a sample of every vegetable picked and test it for contamination?
This is ridiculous. There's already state and federal regulations of one kind or another for food processing plants. What more can they do?
The worst part is, assuming the fed got more involved, many people will assume their fruits and vegetables are safe and might not take the common sense precautions they already do.
Interesting that the Press- Democrat points out that fruits and vegetables are second only to seafood as a source of foodborne illnesses, yet seafood is already monitored by the federal government, as the P-D admits.
I can't help but wonder if maybe we should get the fed out of messing with seafood? Hey, seafood ranks higher as a source of illness. Might there be a relationship.
Noticed this small Associated Press article in the Times- Standard this morning. Yet another foodborne illness possibly caused by seafood, this time oysters being suspect. The worst thing about incidents like this is it will cause some people to ask for yet more federal oversight.
Wash your food, folks, and thoroughly cook it. Wash your hands before handling food or eating, as well. That's your best form of protection, not the federal government.
Oh; That Fortuna Sea Products mentioned in the AP story about the oysters isn't from our very own Fortuna. It's someplace in Southern CA. Had me going there for a minute. I thought maybe there was yet another Humboldt County company I hadn't heard of.