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October 22, 2013 > Letter to Editor: Making food safe

Letter to Editor: Making food safe

It is possible that the Costco Foster Farms chicken epidemic has been caused by contamination of personally owned, reusable bags mandated by law. Oregon investigators have already traced a past outbreak of norovirus (stomach flu) to a reusable grocery bag.

For consideration:

- Improper handling after purchase of a large amount of chicken bought by many separate individuals is being suggested. Are we consumers willing to have that blame shifted to our shoulders? Yet, it does appear Costco has indeed followed proper safety procedures.

- Perhaps blame for contamination should be placed on our trustees, our elected politicians who passed the reusable bag mandate into law.

- Alameda County Waste Management Authority (ACWMA) appointed members who proposed this Fremont law for adoption in the first place are ÒsupposedlyÓ experts in Waste ManagementÑNOT experts in food safety!

- Unfortunately, ÒexpertsÓ serving on the Boards of an Authority are sometimes merely political appointees.

- It appears our elected trustees who sit on our Fremont City Council Òopted inÓ automatically to this law by doing nothing to Òopt out.Ó It is my understanding this Òopt inÓ by an elected body was required in order for the Alameda County Waste Management AuthorityÕs proposal to become law.

Centers for Disease Control, hospital staff, and other food safety experts have warned of the dangers presented by norovirus (stomach flu). It can grow exponentially from a single chicken juice stain on a reusable bag stored in a hot automobile. It can be transferred to a shopping cart, conveyor belt, or other surfaces by contact and can live on those surfaces for quite some time.

If I may use a quote from this very newspaper on 3/19/2013: ÒWhatÕs Growing in Your Reusable Grocery Bags?Ó

Faye McKay

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