Food contamination is a serious issue. Much of our food is mass-produced. Many of us don't know exactly what is in our food or how it is processed; we rely on food manufacturers for our safety. Food contamination, whether due to foreign substances or dangerous bacteria, poses a potential hazard to the young, elderly and those with compromised immune systems. The past week has seen two food recalls due to contamination.
Last week, Lean Cuisine recalled its Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli; only those with specific production codes and a "best before date" of Dec. 2013. The recall followed three consumer reports of small glass fragments. While no injuries were reported, the company voluntarily issued the recall. Nestle Consumer Services can be reached at (866) 586-9424. (Source: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nestle-prepared-foods-company-announces-voluntary-recall-of-lean-cuisine-culinary-collection-mushroom-mezzaluna-ravioli-190453551.html)
Also, just yesterday, organic baby spinach was recalled due to concerns of contamination with Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC). EHEC can cause the following symptoms:
Much of the spinach was distributed in the western United States, in California, Colorado, and Oregon. However, some of the food product was distributed nationwide, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware. Taylor Farms Organic baby spinach was distributed in 16 oz. trays with a best by date of February 24, 2013. Taylor Farms can be reached at (855) 293-9811. (Source: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/money/consumer/taylor-farms-baby-spinach-recall-florida-among-states-affected-by-organic-baby-spinach-recall)
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