Your mom always told you to finish your vegetables and now federal health experts are urging the same. But with this push for americans to eat more fruits and veggies comes concerns.
The recent spinach outbreak is a prime example. In 2003 the FDA had a staff of over 2-thousand. Now that number is just over than a thousand. Since the spinach scare food experts say there should be more inspections across the board.
Studies show, in the 70s the FDA conducted about 35-thousand food inspections a year. But recently that number has fallen to just about 5-thousand. Some say it's the responsibilities of other departments. Agronomy Professor, Lori Unruhsynder says, "I think it's more of a concern to the U-S-D-A to pay attention to the guidelines and have a greater in pack on inspections."
She says the USDA will probably increase their awareness and inspection process to make sure people are secure with the food they eat.
There are some things you can do to protect you and your family from e-coli. Cook all ground beef thoroughly, wash fruits and vegetables especially those that won't be cooked, and be careful not to swallow lake or pool water this summer while swimming.
By Gavin Johnson, WCJB TV20 News
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