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Contra Costa County woman may be victim of frozen berries sold at Costco

Original post made on Jun 3, 2013

A Contra Costa County case of hepatitis A appears to be linked to a recently recalled batch of frozen berries sold at Costco stores, county health officials said Saturday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 3, 2013, 7:26 AM

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 3, 2013 at 9:22 am

I wish in cases like this..... there was an FDA posting website that businesses who served the affected food could post to. This would allow a person to know that they potentially ingested a tainted food product in a public place . However, I suspect that won't ever happen because it would be perceived as negative publicity for that business. I would look at it as a positive for a business to let people know so they could potentially ward off a nasty health problem. Just a thought!

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Posted by Prevention
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 3, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Perhaps people should get Hep A immunization - there have been lots of outbreaks since "organic" is the way to go.

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Posted by Nosmo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2013 at 10:28 am

This should serve as a reminder that "organic" is primarily a bunch of hype to extract money from people. A number of tests have shown that organic produce generally is no more free of pesticide, chemical, and bacterial residue than normal produce, and in some cases was even higher, particularly in bacterial. But that's OK, because the more people that buy "organic" produce, the less price pressure their is for the regular produce. The primary source for most of these infections is workers not properly washing their hands after they take a dump.

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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2013 at 11:40 am


" A number of tests have shown that organic produce generally is no more free of pesticide, ..."

John Stossel had to apologize for making that statement. Organic foods were shown to contain less pesticide. He was just making things up. Look it up.

"Then we made things worse. In July, I repeated the report! And the error. It was an inadvertent error, and just two sentences in a ten-minute report, but it was wrong.

I apologize for the error. I am deeply sorry I misled you. I never want to do that."

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Posted by John
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2013 at 11:42 am

For "Nosmo", you should know that your quoting of tests regarding pesticide residue on organics is incorrect. Consumer Reports found organics had significantly lower pesticide residue. Here's a link to the article:
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Of course, workers handling conventional products are just as likely to not wash their hands after using a restroom. But organic contamination comes most likely from adjacent non-organic food production and the contamination of the environment by excessive pesticide use overall. There are several reasons to purchase organics. Perhaps we don't really want to compound the number of artificial chemicals we put into our bodies. But, for me, it is more about how we treat our environment, our caretaking of the land. Do we really want to potentially poison our landscape with entirely unknown long-term consequences? -- That said, it is important to consider where you purchase your organics. Some "organics" from outside the United States are poorly controlled and carry contaminants into the US from China and South America. You won't get "local" at Costco. But you will at New Leaf. And hey, there's some kind of poop on everything we eat, so wash your veggies before you cook 'em...

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