Originally Posted by Andy M.
If the offending bacteria are in the soil and are drawn into the veggies through their root systems, they end up INSIDE the veggies. No amount of rinsing will help.
There was recently an outbreak of a nasty salmonella in Germany. Spain was erroneously blamed. Finally, the source was foudn to be bean sprouts. It seems that the salmonella, as Andy stated, was in the soil and was then found in the beans themselves, inside. When they were sprouted, in a moist environment of course, the salmonella had the perfect medium to reproduce in and the rest is history. As bean sprouts are eaten raw in salads, and in sandwiches, the little nasties aren't destroyed as they would be if the beans were just cooked.
It has been stated by many a virologist that if we knew of all the many microscopic things there are that are trying to kill us, each and every moment of our lives, we would live in terror continuously. All I can say is that I am thankful that I have a fairly robust immune system.
Seeeeeeya; Goodweed of the North