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From: Jo Stepaniak (
Subject: Re: Swine flu.........
Date: April 27, 2009 at 5:33 am PST

In Reply to: Swine flu......... posted by U.J. on April 26, 2009 at 4:43 pm:

Foodborne illness is caused by viruses or harmful bacteria. Food that is grown in contaminated soil can have pathogens on its surface or inside the plant itself. Surface pathogens can be removed by washing or destroyed through cooking. Pathogens inside the plant (or seed) cannot be removed. Plants don't naturally have salmonella, for example, or other pathogens. They obtain them through soil that has been contaminated with animal products and/or through cross-contamination caused by humans. Any animal product, including human feces, can cause pathogens in and on food. Once seeds are contaminated, however, the pathogens becomes part of the actual plant.

There are so many reasons to not visit Mexico right now. I hope your family stays safe.


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