From peanut butter to cantaloupes and even oh-so-innocent-seeming spinach, some of our favorite foods have recently been linked to Salmonella. Now, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that 93 people plus are sick due to an outbreak that might be connected to the consumption of sushi and other raw fish. So far, 10 people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.
Ugh. Not my spicy yellowtail rolls with brown rice!! Well, the good news is that nothing is in stone yet, and since Salmonella outbreaks linked to sushi are rare, experts say there's really no reason to start skipping it. In fact, the Salmonella might not even have originated in the fish itself. The culprit may have been the way it was prepared or what it came in contact with, like the ice it was packed in.
While I'm psyched I can continue to chow down on my beloved maki rolls, we still have reason to worry ...
Even if you don't adore raw fish, it is disturbing to think that these various "unusual suspect"-type foods keep cropping up as infected with the bacteria. Why is this happening?
President Obama actually took a step toward quashing the dilemma last year when he signed a federal law that is supposed to shift the FDA's focus to prevention instead of reacting to problems like this. But so far, the law hasn't been enacted, because the administration has yet to issue wide-ranging standards under the law. Drrr, frustrating. It seems like we're so close, but still so far from preempting these kinds of outbreaks before they begin.
In the meantime, we're left feeling a bit hopeless and clueless about the quality of our favorite food. All we can do is trust that the government is making some kind of attempt to make sure it is safe. Color me skeptical ... I know we can't worry about every little thing, and if you get sick, there are ways to treat a Salmonella infection. But we should still hope that the government gets their act together soon, because we shouldn't have to worry at all that our favorite foods may be making us ill.
Does this concern you?
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