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    Vegetables of Death?

    Saw it on the TV news, samonella on tomatoes and this is not the first time either. I always wash store-bought vegetables that I do not cook. Onions, toss the top layer. Head lettuce, toss top layer and check the rest for bugs. Some stuff gets peeled and other stuff gets cooked, so that don't matter. But is rinsing stuff enough? Stuff like tomatoes and loose-leaf lettuce? I generally just rinse in cold water. Is that safe?

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    i do the same as you do and it is a good question
    I dont warranty Tinkeritus

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    It's best to grow your own, if you have the room and the time, I go to the store and see the strawberries they're trying to sell, they look sick compaired to mine.

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    I heard that story on the radio on my way to work the other day. I was eating a BLT that I picked up on my way in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haustek View Post
    I heard that story on the radio on my way to work the other day. I was eating a BLT that I picked up on my way in.
    HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHHAHA!

    Too busy eating tomatoes to worry about samonellas! I didn't order samonellas with that!

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    Thanks...I saw a story on 60 minutes about chicken and couldn't eat it for 3 years...now no tomatoes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senior Tech View Post
    Thanks...I saw a story on 60 minutes about chicken and couldn't eat it for 3 years...now no tomatoes
    I know the feeling, just thinking it should be safe if you rinse the stuff off. I dunno, when I rinse tomatoes I even rub them a little with my hands while rinsing. Not much help for lettuce. Jay41 has the best solution, but some of us do not have that option. News folks just hype the OUTBREAK! and don't tell us how to avoid it. Just ... do not .. eat ... tomatoes anymore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay 41 View Post
    It's best to grow your own, if you have the room and the time, I go to the store and see the strawberries they're trying to sell, they look sick compaired to mine.
    I know you are 100% correct. Pick a little leaf lettuce and a few tomatoes off the porch and WHALAH! Instant salad! Sadly, I cannot due to being mobile/business reasons.

    No plants, no pets, no,... well no nuthin else.

    I get my veggies at wal-mart.

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    read somewhere that the salmonella was inside the tomatoes-washing them does no good-they didnt know if it came from the fertilizer or from the workers in the field with no toilet for miles

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigblock4spd View Post
    read somewhere that the salmonella was inside the tomatoes-washing them does no good-they didnt know if it came from the fertilizer or from the workers in the field with no toilet for miles
    1] I also read, since my original post that washing does no good as the samonellas penetrate the tomatoe skin.

    2] I am not sure about the confusion over fertilizer/ no toilets. Poo-based fertilizers are probably not tossed over bearing tomatoe plants, rather worked into the soil before the plant is planted. I suspect the actual confusion is over fruit-bucket/ poo-bucket. Those things should be clearly labeled,...

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