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How to avoid food poisoning

You’re heaving and hurling more than an Olympic track star, and you’re absolutely sure it was something you ate.

With some 48 million food poisoning cases in the nation every year, you’re probably right — but if you’re blaming your steak, hamburger, or pork chops, you’re almost certainly wrong!

Most cases of food poisoning are from those so-called “healthy” vegetables, especially the greens you never really wanted to eat in the first place (you know it’s true).

Need proof? Just check this week’s headlines.

A major listeria outbreak has been linked to frozen veggies

If you’re a little older, make sure you double-check the freezer for the ones in question, because seniors are FOUR TIMES more likely to be sickened by listeria.

And that’s a germ that could not only make you sicker than you’ve been in your life….but also flat-out KILL you.

More than 350 products are part of the recall, including broccoli, green beans, corn, potatoes, carrots, peas, and more. All were packaged by CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington, but sold under a bunch of different brand names including Bybee’s, Columbia River, O Organic, Organic by Nature, and Wild Oats.

And they were sold across all 50 states in some of the nation’s most popular stores, including Costco, Trader Joe’s, Safeway, and Walmart.

You can see the full list here.

I wish I could tell you this was a one-time nightmare.

But there’s a much bigger issue here, and that’s the fact that vegetables — including both fresh and frozen — are the nation’s leading source of food poisoning outbreaks.

The CDC says vegetables are responsible for 46 percent of all food poisoning cases, and meat just 22 percent — with leafy greens causing more people to get sick than any other food.

And people still think veggies are the healthiest part of the meal???

I’m not saying you should cut back on your greens, although that’s certainly an option (especially if you never liked them much anyway).

But it IS time to start paying more attention to what you eat and where it comes from.

  • Stick to fresh, locally grown produce as much as you can — and even then, carefully wash everything you plan to put in your mouth.
  • Scrub the ones with tougher skins, and soak all your fruit and vegetables in 3 percent hydrogen peroxide for 20 minutes to kill off germs and rinse.
  • And for extra protection against those little buggers, sauté your rabbit food in some butter. Cooking kills off the listeria germs — and it can bring out the good stuff in your veggies (not to mention actually making them edible).

CRF Frozen Foods tells you to just toss the recalled foods that may or may not be tainted. Of course they do. But that’s like throwing money in the garbage — so instead of trashing them, be sure to bring them right back to where you bought them and demand a refund.

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