tim asked in Food & DrinkOther - Food & Drink · 9 months ago

What are the chances of e coli outbreak in a supermarket on fruit and vegetables produce?

The chances are low right because of the FDA rules and regulations. The store would would inspect the produce before stocking them in the shelves and the store would close if it did happen. The company that sells the produce will inspect/wash them before selling to the stores right? And I shouldn’t be worried about it?

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  • 9 months ago
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    NO MATTER who inspects the fruit, e coli is invisible. So is salmonella. AND there are many salmonella and e coli outbreaks with fresh veggies and fruits that have been inspected.

    Off the top of my head I can think of several food recalls over food born illness from produce in stores. Romaine lettuce, cantaloupe, tomatoes, green onions, even peanut butter. Even Frozen veggies can be recalled due to contamination.

    AS to stores closing: stores don't grow the produce, they buy it. THats why its imperative to go to the doctor when you suspect food born illness: so it can be diagnosed properly. THEN they have to try to figure out what food gave it to you. AND thats not easy. Most all food born illness can take anywhere from 6 hours to 2 weeks to make a person sick. Its tough to track down what exactly was the cause. when its properly reported, stores can pull the suspected food and contact their supplier immediately.

    Why do you think you are suppose to wash them before cutting into them??

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  • Daisy
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Chances are low. But you can inspect fruits and veggies all you want, but that won't tell you if they contain e coli. It can be transmitted through the roots as the fruit/veggie grows. Most fruits/veggies are washed before they hit the supermarket shelves.

    No, the store won't close. More people get sick from eating fruits/veggies than meat. Remember that e coli is killed by heat. Meat is generally cooked; fruits/veggies are often eaten raw. Fruits/veggies can be contaminated not just by e coli but salmonella and other bacteria. Yet stores stay open; mainly suppliers to the store will be sued and close down.

    A few years ago people were getting sick from eating cantloup from Colorado. No store closed. A few years before that strawberries from Mexico were making people sick.

    I understand that our food supply is vulnerable. But don't worry about it. I have to eat.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    The more "natural" the alleged farm fresh the worse.

    The user should still wash and dry the veggies to be more sure.

    • ckngbbbls
      Lv 7
      9 months agoReport

      thats not true at all. Water sources(a recent issue) can be contaminated for commercial farmers, wild animals crap on any field, they don't pick natural ones....

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