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Should Farmers Markets Be More Regulated?

We came across this article on msnbc.com about farmers markets and food safety. Demand for local food is on the increase and consumers are turning towards farmers markets as their source for fresh food.

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.

Although the fare sold at farmers markets often is perceived as more wholesome than what’s available on grocery shelves, there is no evidence that it is less prone to cause foodborne illness — and it generally receives less federal and local oversight.

Read the full article here: As farmers markets thrive so do concerns.

What do you think?

What do you think about this issue? Is your perception that food purchased at the farmers market is safer than store bought food?

Do you think Farmers Markets should be more regulated than they are?

Eggs-ploring egg provenance and the American recall – Episode #1

Foodtree TV host Anthony Nicalo fries up some local Vancouver and Lucerne eggs while discussing what to look for when buying your eggs.  He also weighs in on the mid-August American egg recall, and that’s no yolk!

Food is not safe today

 

EVERY day, about 200,000 Americans are sickened by contaminated food. Every year, about 325,000 are hospitalized by a food-borne illness. And the number who are killed annually by something they ate is roughly the same as the number of Americans who’ve been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003.

Those estimates, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suggest the scale of the problem. But they fail to convey the human toll. The elderly and people with compromised immune systems face an elevated risk from food-borne pathogens like listeria, campylobacter and salmonella. By far the most vulnerable group, however, are children under the age of 4.” From the NYT

—-While government has a role to play in providing a baseline of standards, we need new levels of verification too. In a food system grounded in transparency, we all have a role to play in food safety. With more information citizens could more readily participate and verify practices. One thing is certain- government verification is not sufficient.