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The Consequences of Food Choices

October 18, 2012

The topic of food choices has become an increasingly divisive one, which is sad because everyone has a choice! An article about a recent recall (involving choices!) shows that food choices can carry risks, risks that many overlook in fear of the ‘something else’ out there. It’s also represented that small farms don’t have health issues. Sadly, this shows they can.

“SDDA advises consumers that raw milk recently purchased from this business may contain harmful bacteria that can lead to campylobacter infection. Symptoms of this infection include diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, and can sometimes progress to more serious illness, such as kidney failure and other complications.’

This is a very real, very serious consequence. And it is preventable.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), pasteurized milk that is correctly handled in the dairy, bottled, sealed and refrigerated after pasteurization, and that is properly handled by the consumer, is very unlikely to contain illness-causing bacteria.

Truly folks, there’s a reason we do things the way we do them in modern food production, processing and handling. Does this mean we’re backing off our support of food choices? Absolutely not!!

Food choices are the most personal thing we can do for our families. We choose what to spend our money on and bring into our homes. However, everyone making food choices needs to stop repeating the denials and think – really think and KNOW the risks in their food choices. There are risks!

Like other farms of all sizes, of all types, coast to coast and border to border, we produce the best foods we can. We eat the same foods we sell. We’ve not had any illnesses, but we don’t test everything that leaves. The reason for using a processor, like John’s Custom Meats and SS is a decision we’re making to help reduce that risk of problems for our customers. It is money well spent to increase knowing what’s on the meats, to insure it’s processed in a sanitary measure.

I don’t have a problem with “conventional” dairies because they produce pasteurized milk because for many that’s their food choices, for reasons of increased safety.

We all embrace risk differently. It’s but one consideration in the equation that makes up food choices. Don’t take it for granted. Research what *can* contaminate your food and work with farmers and processors to eliminate it. Food choices rock! Let’s increase safety to insure we have the freedom to make them.

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