Thursday, August 21, 2008

Irradiated Spinach?

I'm filing this one under, "WTF?" Seriously. The FDA is going to allow food producers to irradiate spinach and ice burg lettuce due to all of the e.coli and other food borne illness outbreaks. Why not fix the problem instead of the symptom?  Yet another reason to buy local and organic.


KaritaG said...

OMG, this made me laugh, because I used to have this law clerk that was one of those people that only ate things that came from her backyard and weren't blue and didn't have any dairy or animal testing and it HAD to come in a compostable container, blah blah blah. Which is fine, but she was EXTREME. Like, pretty much only ate yogurt with granola in it or lettuce with lemon juice squeezed over it as "dressing."

And lots of sushi. Evidently she didn't know that most "sushi-quality" fish is irradiated, hence, why it is safe to buy and make sushi with! I mean, unless you live by the ocean, which we obviously don't, how do you THINK you get raw fish that's safe to eat after it's been trucked or flown for several days from the coast?! Anyway, I mentioned it while we were out to sushi one night and I think it ruined her life. This reminded me of it.

Sorry for writing a comment novel, LOL.

Rachel said...

All of this is seriously disturbing! I wonder what other foods are irradiated...probably more than I want to know about.

KaritaG said...

Two good links on explaining use/labeling of irradiated products:

Maria said...

I think some foods need to be irradiated...or maybe they just bother me less... like fish for sushi. I mean, I live in the middle of the US. It's not going to be fresh.

Del and Darin said...

Not to be annoying, but bacteria can get on all foods - organic or not.

NOT stating anything about the irradiated thing, just the e. coli thing.


Maria said...

Some hamburger is irradiated, yet they had to recall a ton of it last year. Even if the food is irradiated, who is to say it won't be contaminated again along the food deliver line? Hmm... our food supply and distribution system is disgusting.

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