Think twice before grabbing prepared food at the grocery store
It's really easy to stop at the grocery store and pick up a prepared bowl of pasta or salad at the end of a long day when you want to avoid cooking or going to a restaurant. Be careful though, because there may be a risk you run for the convenience of grab-and-go dinners.
Prepared foods at grocery stores are reportedly making people sick. Seven different states in the past year have reported illness linked to an E. Coli outbreak at Costco.
The Wall Street Journal reports Whole Foods was forced to shut down a few of its commercial kitchens that produce fresh meals for retail stores after safety gaps were reported in their Boston plant. The move was made after an FDA warning.
Why is the grab-and-go meal now a threat? Likely because the demand for prepared foods has grown in the last year causing sales to double from $15 billion to $28 billion.
The FDA says the biggest concerns for consumers are the employees mishandling foods or not washing their hands while working with foods.
Prepared meals have many perks, but safe and sanitary should certainly be among them!
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