Originally Posted by Corey123
Very funny. Hahaha!!
But this is serious. How many times have we heard bad news about food being tainted with salmonella? Seems like the farmers aren't doing something right. Doesn't it start with them?
I just bought some fresh basil last month.
Yes Corey, you are right, of course.
It kind of highlights a point we have been talking about some here, which is that cooking food eliminates a lot of problems with salmonella. The situation here is a contaminated food that is often eaten uncooked or only partially cooked.
The contamination most likely occurred in the field. They may have been irrigating with water from a pond, for example. That pond may also have had cattle, sheep, or even wild animals use it and the water may have been contaminated by salmonella that way. Then the temperature of the pond in Mexico is probably such that the growth of the bacteria proliferated.
Unfortunately, Salmonella organisms are very prevalent in animal feces, so there are lots of opportunities for contamination in a farm setting. And of course, the rules in Mexico are not nearly as stringent as they are here.
Notice that no one has gotten sick and the reason we got this notice is because some "lazy government" official either tested it or required that the importer test it.
Considering the literally billions of pound of food eaten in this Country, we have a very low incidence of problem. Remember, they call it Montezuma revenge, not Roosevelt's revenge