Concern About Vegetable Consumption After Spinach Scare

Nutritionists are worried that the recent spinach scare will make people too fearful to eat their vegetables. While I think it’s true that it might cause people to avoid spinach and bagged salad for a while, I doubt it will really affect other vegetables.

“I’m worried that this might slow down consumption of bagged vegetables, which consumers love,” says New York University nutrition professor Marion Nestle, author of Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology and Bioterrorism. “And it might slow down the consumption of raw vegetables. You expect your vegetables to be clean. You certainly don’t expect a dangerous animal-borne pathogen in them,” Nestle says.

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