Food Safety & Fruit Part 2
Food Safety & Fruit Part 2. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Fruit Grower Report.
Janet Anderberg, retired Washington State Public Health Advisor says that a lot of people do not fully understand that food borne illnesses can go far beyond vomiting and diarrhea. Many other serious conditions can be a result from not properly preparing or storing foods.
ANDERBERG: In the state of
Anderberg says that the types of bacteria we typically hear about, e. coli and salmonella are really not the main causes of food illnesses.
ANDERBERG: But of all those the leading pathogen in the state of
So what does all this have to do with fruit? She says the biggest factor in the contamination of food products is…people.
ANDERBERG: Produce can be contaminated in the field; it can be contaminated during processing or transportation. It can be contaminated at retail big time – grocery stores, restaurants, farmers markets – and certainly can be contaminated at home as well.
For additional information on how to cut down on food borne illnesses contact your local health department.
That’s today’s Fruit Grower Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Northwest Ag Information Network.