Whoops! The FDA just released a statement that it may not have been green onions that sickened hundreds in the recent Taco Bell E coli extravaganza. Due to a lab screw up, the results erroneuosly implicated green onions when in fact it may be something else.
So, put another star next to “Buy Local” as one of your New Year’s resolutions. If the FDA can’t get it right, and with all of the food safety and traceability steps in place at the farm/food processor/distributor level, then it is time to start buying food grown closer to home.
As I have said, just because something is locally grown doesn’t automatically mean it is going to be safe. What is does mean is that the links backwards from your plate to the ground it was grown on are much, much shorter. Know Your Roots!