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Watch out for Cantelopes laced with Listeria

1 Oct

Could it have been the irrigation water? Or a heavy rain storm? How could cantaloupes become contaminated with Listeria to cause the outbreak that, as of Thursday, had sickened at least 76 people and claimed 14 lives in 18 states?

As the number of deaths and illnesses linked to tainted Colorado-grown cantaloupes continues to grow, so does speculation about what caused the contamination at Jensen Farms.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said only that it found Listeria on melons, and on unspecified equipment in the production area of the packing operation in eastern Colorado. FDA investigators are working with state health authorities to determine what happened, and say they’ll use that information to find ways to prevent it from happening again.
What is arsenic doing in our apple juice even in safe dosages. Who needs arsenic? Can’s we find better ways of preserving food without killing us softly with the result?
According to Dr. Oz -“As a doctor and a parent, it’s concerning to me that there could be toxins such as arsenic in juice we are giving to our kids,” he said in a news release promoting the episode, which airs in Canada on CTV.The FDA has already launched a counter-attack before the episode airs. In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, the FDA essentially says that yes, there is some arsenic in apple juice, but most of it occurs naturally and the amounts are perfectly safe.

Arsenic is a tasteless and odourless heavy metal that can increase the risk for kidney, bladder and liver cancer. According to Health Canada, inorganic arsenic is the most toxic to human health, while organic arsenic is considered to be non-toxic and t of concern to human health.

Low levels of arsenic may be found in a variety of foods and generally reflect normal accumulation from the environment.

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