Compared to other vegetables, though, our favorite salad bases are by far the most at risk for harboring dangerous bacteria. Unlike fruits and vegetables which grow higher above the ground or are protected by an outer shell or rind, leafy greens grow near the ground in open fields and are therefore susceptible to the germs from soil, water, and animal intestines, says CDC Health Communication Specialist Brian Katzowitz.
Whole Foods, Walmart, Trader Joe’s among retailers affected by salmonella and listeria worry.
When food starts making people sick, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) swing into action. The federal agencies employ inspectors and sophisticated tech including bacteria DNA fingerprinting via the CDC’s Pulsenet toolkit to track the incidence, spread, and sources of outbreaks, but the science isn’t yet perfect.
The Food and Drug Administration is not moving quickly enough to ensure that contaminated food is removed from store shelves, despite being given the necessary authority, federal investigators have concluded.
Bacterial contamination and undeclared allergens lead the way in causes.
“This is the third time the FDA has started the process of using its mandatory recall authority, but the first time” it’s issued such an order due to a company rebuffing the voluntary recall request, the agency said in a statement.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has weighed in as well. In a statement last June he wrote, "We believe food is safer than perhaps ever before." He went on: "What's happening is that our ability to identify outbreaks has dramatically improved due to new information technologies and laboratory techniques."
According to an estimate from the CDC, produce causes nearly half of all food-borne illnesses, while dairy and eggs cause 20 percent, meat and poultry are the culprits in only 22 percent of cases, and fish and shellfish just 6 percent.
So what's driving these massive food-contamination outbreaks? One possibility is that inspectors are simply getting better at detecting and tracking cases when they do occur. But many experts argue these big outbreaks are one unintended side effect of the centralization of the food industry.
Salmonella is fairly pervasive in raw chicken, so the USDA sets performance standards rather than require all chicken be salmonella-free. That in itself is fair enough. (Cooking the meat thoroughly at 165°F should kill the bacteria, though this isn't always done.) Yet up until last week, those standards only applied to whole chickens — not to cut-up chicken parts, which are widely sold.
Confectioner Mars has ordered a huge recall of fun size Mars, Snickers and Milky Way bars after a customer discovered a small piece of plastic in a Snickers bar in Germany. The plastic was traced back to a faulty machine in a factory in the Netherlands and the recall was made across 55 countries.
You'll probably see way fewer food recalls in the future.
It would take three recalls and many weeks for the scope of the problem to finally become clear, stoking public outrage over what has become known in France as “l’affaire Lactalis.” In one of the biggest recalls of its kind, the company has pulled more than 7,000 tons of potentially contaminated baby formula and other powdered milk products across more than 80 countries...
The last word a manufacturer wants to hear is “recall”. During 2017, recalls involved everything from salad mix contaminated with a dead bat to hash browns infused with shredded golf balls.
Federal health officials are responsible for taking the reins when everything from bits of plastic to bat remains show up in the foods we chow down on every day. Some of those recalls are run through the Food and Drug Administration, and others come down from the US Department of Agriculture. Those recalls can range from peculiar to downright baffling.
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