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E. Coli Contamination Is Serious Concern In California, Washington Farmers’ Markets

December 30, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Researchers who visited produce vendors at 13 farmers’ markets in Los Angeles, Orange County (Calif.) and Seattle (Wash.) found significant levels of E. coli and salmonella contamination. Of 133 samples taken, 24.1 percent were tainted with E. coli. One sample tested positive for salmonella. Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever that can last four to seven days. Symptoms for pathogenic forms of E. coli include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea that often becomes bloody, and vomiting.
Donna J Levy et al., "Microbial safety and quality of fresh herbs from Los Angeles, Orange County and Seattle farmers' markets. ", Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, December 30, 2014, © Society of Chemical Industry
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