Long Road From Farm To Fork Worsens Food Outbreaks

Outbreaks of listeria and other serious illnesses linked to tainted food are becoming more common, partly because much of what we eat takes a long and winding road from farm to fork.

A cantaloupe grown on a Colorado field may make four or five stops before it reaches the dinner table.

There's the packing house where it is cleaned and packaged, then the distributor who contracts with retailers to sell the melons in large quantities.

A processor may cut or bag the fruit. The retail distribution center is where the melons are sent out to various stores. Finally it's stacked on display at the grocery store.

Imported fruits and vegetables, which make up almost two-thirds of the produce consumed in the United States, have an even longer journey.

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  • by whiteboy88 Location: williamston on Oct 2, 2011 at 05:17 PM
    This is why I buy a lot of my produce from rocky hock... Best there is!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2011 at 12:20 PM
    What I don't understand is how listeria got inside the melons to start with. I can understand on the outside. Unless people did not wash the outside before cutting.
  • by Home Grown on Oct 2, 2011 at 09:05 AM
    We all should have a "victory" garden. It doesn't take that much time, doesn't need tending more than 6-7 months, saves you money and you KNOW your food isn't tainted.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Oct 2, 2011 at 07:29 AM
    It means buy local if you can and how about we quit taking money from the FDA for inspections. We need to be able to be confident we are not feeding our kids poison.

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