Are you freakin’ kidding me?
That was my honest reaction when I read an article on MSNBC this morning. Here’s what prompted my outburst:
“But the rise in popularity is accompanied by a parallel rise in concerns about how best to keep these local consumers safe from the same pathogens responsible for nationwide outbreaks of salmonella, listeria and E. coli in commercially produced foods.”
Now, I’m all for safe food, but trying to blame the farmer’s market for unsafe food is really ridiculous. According to the FDA recall issued in response to the recent listeria outbreak:
The whole cantaloupes in question were shipped between July 29th, 2011 and September 10th 2011, and distributed to the following states: IL, WY, TN, UT, TX, CO, MN, KS, NM, NC, MO, NE, OK, AZ, NJ, NY, PA.”
That isn’t exactly the local farmer’s market. A quick check over on the outbreak site for the CDC shows that those e.coli outbreaks aren’t from Farmer Joe down the block, but from national companies whose products are contaminated during processing.
I suppose they can’t think of a better way to scare off those pesky farmers market shoppers and bring them back to the grocery store-where they belong, right?- than by shifting blame. It just leaves me wondering how many people will actually believe them.