Following the recent salmonella scare linked to tomatoes, I’ve notice a lot of people on edge lately. If you check your grocery shelves they should be void of all tomatoes, even fast food restaurants are scared to feed their consumers any tomato products.
While getting a quick treat at a local Burger King I saw this sign on the door warning its customers not to consume any tomatoes and that they will not be serving tomatoes until it is deemed safe. Hats off to Burger King for stepping up their game and refusing to serve tainted tomatoes. Most companies are just out to make a buck so to see one concerned about their customers health or the possibility of a lawsuit is pretty noble of them.
I’m not one to just eat a tomato because it is there. I dont’ eat them in my salad. In fact the only time I consume a tomato is in spaghetti sauce form. But, I did notice that another restaurant that we dined at while visiting my parents were still serving tomatoes with their salads which kind of freaked us out when they were brought to the table as if the tomatoes were the plague of death or something.
I know one thing I am thankful of and that is my choice to start going organic on everything that I eat. So had I bought tomatoes they probably would have been organic so therefore the recall wouldn’t have effected me.
But what does concern me is what about the tomatoes that are canned or jarred in sauces and such? Where did those tomatoes come from and how can we be sure they are safe? Yeah, sure the canned and jarred stuff has been cooked to a certain temperature but it still kind of makes you wonder doesn’t it? Can we really expect to trust the foods we eat? Is it all a big risk now?
I remember a day when there weren’t any recalls and if there were you didn’t really hear a whole lot about it. Now a days everyone is so scared to do anything that we are going to die of stress induced problems if we aren’t careful. Its not healthy to have to stress over if this meal is safe or not or if this meal will eventually kills if we consume it.
What has happened with this country? What is with all the concern?
I know one thing, if my state wasn’t under a water ban right now I would really be pursuing the thought of growing my own garden that way at least I know it would be safe. But eventually is that what we are all going to have to do, grow our own food?
Just a few things to think about. Let me hear your opinions. What do you think about the whole tomato thing? Do you buy organic? Have you thought about growing your own food?