Dirty food

Food safety supervision in the USA is split across a number of Agencies.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention in Georgia 76 million Americans contract food-borne illnesses each year and 5000 die.
Culprits include spinach and lettuce contaminated with E coli and salmonella bearing tomatoes.
These infections must relate in part to farm practices eg managing manure, irrigation and farm worker hygiene.
Nature vol 445, 15/2/2007 pages 683-4

However recent problems with turkeyys,humous in the UK show how omnipresent the problem can be. It goes to underline the worth of proper home cooking in a clean environs and washing raw fruit and vegetables before eating.

Martin Eastwood
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