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Jan 5, 2008

Are grocery stores the cause of cross-contamination of our food?

 

It has been causing me grief for quite some time now; every time we purchase food from our local grocery stores I have to unpackage it outside due to the overwhelming stench of chemical fabric-softener-like scent on the bags and boxes.  Has anyone else noticed this?

 

Many people I have spoken to agree that grocery stores are becoming harder to shop at because of the chemical products sold and stored in the same vicinity as our food.  It also makes me wonder just how it is handled and stored in the stock room.

 

The last straw was today when I unbagged and washed my Earthbound Farms organic Kiwis and even after washing the Kiwi was purely inedible due to the scent of chemicals, So on to my bag of organic Our Compliments brand red apples from Sobeys…Again, so tainted I render them inedible.  Everything from eggs (shells are porous) to so-called fresh organic produce to freezer items from two different local grocery store chains Dominion and Sobeys, all have the distinctive stench of chemical-laden fabric softener.

 

It’s not only the smell that concerns me but when I bit into a peeled washed apple sure enough I gagged on the chemical taste.  Strangely enough if I order my food from a strictly food-based co-op this chemical scent and taste does not occur even on the same brand of products.  Sadly for me I live in Newfoundland where there is limited local produce and no food-sharing co-ops although we will be starting our own in the near future.

 

Why are we allowing our food to be stored and handled this way?  There is no doubt that if it smells like a chemical and tastes like a chemical then it must be contaminated with chemicals! 

 

I choose to eat organic products to limit my intake of chemicals yet if my organic food is being handled and stored with chemicals, then I am buying tainted food.  We all have a right to eat pure clean food.

 

I decided to search the internet to see if anyone else has discovered this type of cross contamination and I came across a short article written by Mike Adams.  Seems I am not the only one who has noticed this but it remains that not many are making an issue about this.

 

I am writing today to ask that all grocery stores cease storing chemical cleaning products, air fresheners, and any other voc containing products in the vicinity of our food.  Design or re-design your stores to house these items in their own separate sealed rooms to ensure that you are not adding to the chemical contamination of your customers’ food.

 

I am asking that farmers and manufacturers of food products stand up to protect your food from contamination and ask all grocery stores to place chemical products away from your goods.

 

I am asking organic certification bodies and food safety councils to also take a stand and look into this cross-contamination.

 

And I am asking all consumers to tell your stories of chemical smell and taste on your food and take a stand by writing your grocery store and asking them to do the same.

 

Needless to say I am returning my Earthbound Farm Kiwis and my Our Compliments apples to the store for a refund but how is that really going to change anything?  I need your help to change the way our food is stored and handled so we as consumers have the best chance at eating healthy food.


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Posted: Jan 5, 2008 9:10am

 

 
 
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