Here we go again, another round of contaminated plant-based foods
But, once again, the news media never mentions the underlying cause of most of these contaminations. The latest big news is all about arsenic in apple juice and listeria in cantaloupes. Just now, I did a search for what causes listeria and found this information on the Mayo Clinic website:
Listeria bacteria can be found in soil, water and animal feces. Humans typically are infected by consuming:
- Raw vegetables that have been contaminated from the soil or from contaminated manure used as fertilizer
- Infected meat
- Unpasteurized milk or foods made with unpasteurized milk
- Certain processed foods — such as soft cheeses, hot dogs and deli meats that have been contaminated after processing
Well, how about that? Sounds to me like the real culprit here is our collective love affair with meat and dairy at every meal. Even those of us who consume none of those foods are placed at risk by those who do.
But when the news breaks, the average consumer is led to believe, by the incomplete reporting of our media, that the culprit is the plant-based foods themselves. The average unsuspecting consumer simply has no idea of the root cause of so many of our problems. Earlier this year, I devoted two blogs to this crucial topic
The latest breaking news on contaminated plant foods was all about apple juice and was well covered on the Dr. Oz Show. As reported by Dr. Michael Greger in a recent VegSource article (see link below), he states:
Last week The Dr. Oz Show released independent lab reports finding as much as 36 ppb of arsenic in apple juice. USDA researchers, however, have estimated that chicken may harbor as much as 430 ppb. And since Americans consume three times more chicken than apple juice, chicken may represent 30 times the arsenic risk of apple juice. Based on FDA retesting of apple juice samples, though, compared to the amount of arsenic found in a Perdue chicken breast, for example, arsenic exposure from chicken may be only 15 times as great.
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