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Nearly 100 people in 5 states have been sickened due to the latest E. coli outbreak, with eleven of those people being hospitalized since the first case was reported in early March.Symptoms of E. coli 0103 are serious, including watery or bloody diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting, and usually begin 3-4 days after exposure.
Federal health officials have not identified a food item, grocery store or restaurant chain as the source of these infections. According to CBS News, over the past year, E. coli caused widespread recalls of romaine lettuce, but that outbreak was declared over in January. Other foods that have been involved in E. coli outbreaks in recent months include spinach, ground beef, and flour. If you or someone you know has these symptoms, they should seek medical attention right away. And to reduce the risks of E. coli, the Centers for Disease Control recommends washing hands frequently before and after preparing food and to cook food thoroughly to kill germs, which are always good advice. In addition, it is recommended that you wash fruits and vegetables before you eat them and avoid unpasteurized dairy products and unpasteurized juices.
Why This Matters: The fact that this E. coli outbreak has been ongoing for more than a month is disturbing — as is the fact that we don’t know yet its origin. The last outbreak was deadly. As we pointed out earlier this year, the law on food inspections is not being fully implemented. And lax agricultural practices and health and safety regulations regarding pesticides and use of certain fertilizers create further loopholes that result in more risk than most people realize. People may think regulations are burdensome, but generally, they are put in place to make the public safer. And we ought to be a be able to determine what caused this outbreak more quickly, with food traceable to its source.
Why This Matters: The fact that Bayer is likely to get approval for this new crop, which would be resistant to the active chemical in Roundup, suggests that the losses in court had and will continue to have little impact on the company’s trajectory. Just because these herbicides won’t “harm” GE corn does not mean they won’t harm us.
As Pride Month has come to a close, we wanted to recognize members of the LGBTQ+ community who are breaking down barriers — gastronomic and cultural. Earlier this week a blog on Ecowatch.com called Food Tank spotlighted 24 collectives, farms, and other organizations that are working to strengthen LGBTQ+ representation in the food system, which […]
With supermarkets running low on meat, seafood is a healthy option, and sales of frozen seafood like shrimp and canned seafood (much of which is imported) are up over last year, according to some retailers. Most of the domestic seafood landed and sold in the U.S. comes from small fishing businesses and goes to restaurants and those sales are down as much as 95% across the country.
Why This Matters: Congress provided $300m for fishers in stimulus funding, but it is only a “drop in the bucket” of what is needed to keep fishers afloat said Alaskan commercial fisher Julie Decker on Tuesday at a forum convened by the Ocean Caucus Foundation.
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