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FDA Tells Cilantro Growers Not to Allow So Much Damn Salmonella on its Cilantro

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Ah, cilantro: soapy scourge of millions of taste buds, a big mystery to the rest of us. And inordinate high salmonella carrier? That's what the Food and Drug Administration is alleging in a letter to the American cilantro industry, in the governmental version of a pimp slap.

In a letter sent out last month
, FDA official Michael M. Landa told cilantro growers, packers, shippers, and the like that the agency has found 28 instances of salmonella that was either in or about to hit the public markets, enough times to make them "concerned about positive sample findings for human pathogens in fresh cilantro and recommends that this produce industry segment take action to enhance the safety of these products."

Landa goes on to recommend that all cilantro firms man up and "assess hazards unique to the production of cilantro and to develop commodity-specific preventive control strategies that would identify potential hazards that may be specific to fresh cilantro." It's just an encouragement right now, but you know how the government is about turning an "encouragement" into a "mandate," and the FDA threaten as such by stating it "intends to take appropriate enforcement action against firms and farms that distribute adulterated fresh produce or grow or pack fresh produce under insanitary [Gustavo note: NOT a typo] conditions."

 In the meanwhile, wash that cilantro extra-careful, folks...

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Jack
Jack

Colin never once mentioned E (Who's Colin?).

Briansays
Briansays

tell the workers picking it that taking a dump in the field is a no no

Zhenglish29
Zhenglish29

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Diana
Diana

We do not live in a risk-free society, in spite of the government's apparent desire to make it so. I'm not sure how you can call an item 'adulterated' that is grown in soil, when it is 'contaminated' with said soil. The miles that fresh produce travels, the 'packaging' and commercial 'washing' that it is subjected to all spread pathogens. Buy local, from the grower if possible, and avoid anything pre-cut and packaged in plastic bags.... which create the perfect environment for bacterial reproduction.

Yourmom
Yourmom

Grow it in your garden or windowsill instead. It grows like a weed around here.

The person who sees an analogy to health care reform apparently thinks it's a bad idea to regulate whether growers can sell salmonella-tainted food. She is welcome to eat all such food.

Latonya "Keed" Bunn
Latonya "Keed" Bunn

>you know how the government is about turning an "encouragement" into a "mandate,"

I wonder if they'll do that kind of thing once the government has taken over health-care? Fortunately, we seem to be just a hop, step, and a jump -- or whatever the distance is from here to November 2012 -- away from dumping the whole idea of letting bureaucrats stand between us and our doctors. (Federal bureaucrat: A worker whose employer does not compete in the free market.)

Getting back to cilantro -- I love the stuff when it's not overused and hope the Watchers don't overreact.

Herr_doktor_h
Herr_doktor_h

There are many things that cannot be done for profit. Keeping hazards away from consumer products is one of these.

There is no incentive for for-profit entities to give a damn about your health.

Regulation is the only reason why we enjoy the safety in our foods in this county. All this fantasy about turning the US into the cowboy days is just silly.

Government agencies have a mission, and a mandate that goes far beyond the whims of the shareholders. If not for government regulation, you would have never heard about this danger.

James Denton
James Denton

Indeed, I prefer a profit driven corporation to stand between me and my doctors. I do, however, prefer my cilantro to not have biological agents that can kill me or my family.

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