E COLI OUTBREAK! (United States)

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  1. megrenade

    megrenade Well-Known Member

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    Dahlia2007 Well-Known Member

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    thank you! I jut watched Food Inc. - it's a great documentary about the food our nation produces for us. Very eye opening. It's on Netflix, if you have it. It especially affected me because of being pregnant. I want to nurture myself and baby as much as I can. And I wish I could afford all organic, but that's not possible : (

    https://www.foodincmovie.com/
     
  3. megrenade

    megrenade Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I totally know what you mean - I don't have Netflix though. I was just going to buy salad stuff too -- guess we just have to stay away from the "salad in the bag" type and watch out for recalls..
     
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    it can happen to any type of meat or veggie : (
     
  5. YoshiPikachu

    YoshiPikachu Mama to Hannah and Joseph

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    I hate recalls, talk about scary!
     
  6. PugLuvAh

    PugLuvAh Pregnant with #3

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    One thing people (not just pregnant ones) should also know about is cantalope. I used to work for a provincial health organization that tracked and reported food outbreaks, and cantalope was always very high for E. coli, salmonella or listeria contamination.

    When you cut a cantalope open, do you scrub the outside with soap and water and a hard bristle brush?? Most people do not wash the outside skin of any fruit or veggie that they peel and consume the inside flesh (like a banana or orange). But if you cut it open you should. The outside skin can carry a lot of bacteria on it, and when you use a knife to cut it, the rest of the fruit can get this bacteria in the fleshy part as the knife cuts through it.

    Also, who knows if a restaurant or gorcery store scrubbed them when they provide you with pre-cut pieces?

    Better safe than sorry, especially when you are pregnant. Not a lot of people are aware that there have been quite a few deaths in the US and Canada in the last 10 years that were attributed to cantalope. So buy your own (whole) and make sure the outside skin is cleaned before you enjoy it.
     

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