Smells like poop

Posted: June 10, 2008 in Headlines, Our Health

Tomatoes with Salmonella isn’t something you hear about too often in the industrialized world. Same goes for produce tainted with E.coli. Remember the spinach outbreak about a year or so ago? Eventually, the source of that outbreak was discovered.

Source of tainted spinach finally pinpointed (3/23/07)

FRESNO, Calif. – (AP)The likely source of an E. coli outbreak in spinach that killed three people and sickened more than 200 was a small cattle ranch about 30 miles from California’s central coastline, state and federal officials said Friday as they concluded their investigation.

Authorities for the first time said they had isolated the deadly E. coli strain on Paicines Ranch in San Benito County near a field the ranch leased to Mission Organics, a spinach grower.

They found E. coli “indistinguishable from the outbreak strain” in river water, cattle feces, and wild pig feces on the ranch within a mile a from the spinach fields, the California Department of Health Services and U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a joint report. (more…)

Now that we are getting reports of Salmonella-tainted tomatoes, it didn’t take long for me to realize that like E. coli, Salmonella can also originate from animal feces used in farming.

Here is another excerpt I found from this article (link) that underscores that point.

Unfortunately, fresh produce is too often contaminated with E. coli, Salmonella, or other potentially deadly pathogens, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Contamination can come from use of untreated manure used as fertilizer, irrigation water contaminated with waste from animal agriculture, or cross-contamination during processing. (source)

It all leads to poop!


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