My uncle in California reads this blog, and he sent over a link to a newsweek.com article with this tagline: As the salmonella-tainted tomato outbreak continues to spread, small and local farm advocates say their produce is a safer bet. But experts aren't so sure.
The gist of the article is that with the recent salmonella and tomatoes scare on the mainland (but not here in Hawai‘i), people are confused. They don’t know which tomatoes are safe.
Some think smaller farms, and local farms, are safer, and consequently sales at farmers markets are skyrocketing, but is produce from small and local farms actually safer? In the article, experts weigh in saying that mistakes and contamination issues can happen at any farm of any size.
“The real key,” says a microbiologist at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences – who is also a safety adviser to the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange and the Center for Produce Safety at the University of California – “is for everyone to follow good safety practices."
My uncle wrote, “This article sounds like it is based on what I have read on the Ha Ha Ha blog over the last year or two!”
It really does.
Richard agreed: “Your uncle is right. It’s not rocket science. People want to know who grew the product and if it's safe.”
“Everything under the Hamakua Springs label is grown by us and is food safety certified,” he said.
“It’s not complicated at all.”
– posted by Leslie Lang